Linked by Jeremy Wells on Tue 8th Feb 2005 08:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu For over six years I have been hunting for a Linux distro that would allow me to replace my Windows installation. I've tried many versions of RedHat and Mandrake, and more recently, Gnoppix, Kanotix, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Knoppix. In my evaluations, I would start with high hopes that the latest and greatest distro would install smoothly, support my hardware, and create a genuinely usable system, but none of them really worked--until now. I recently came across the first distro that satisfied all my requirements: Ubuntu.
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Out of the Box
by D on Tue 8th Feb 2005 21:27 UTC

Typical Users of Linux today (any flavor mind you) tend to know that they could tweak, configure, modify until their hearts are content. They are on the upper end of the bell curve often described as early adopters, innovators..etc.

What Ubuntu does well is give the average user a nice Distro they can quickly, and relatively easily install onto a machine, get them up and running with little to no linux knowledge, and have a useful, nice looking desktop that does very simple things.

No startx, no configuring Lilo, or Grub, no hunting for a program to edit a config file, just a nice clean system.
I could sit my wife down with Ubuntu and she can open a browser, configure basic look and feel items, and compose an email or two without asking a single question. Yes, there are other distro's that do this as well, some do it effortlessly like Mandrake, but they install a lot of other crap that the average user doesn't know, or could care less about.

Ubuntu makes it easy to drop in the CD on ANY computer and in about 30 minutes have a slick, nice system ready to use, that even the average person could use.

Not to bash further on any Distro's, they all serve a particular niche, Ubuntu seems to have found the General public niche, and done it well. Hopefully more will follow suit and stop adding features, and start working on simple, open, useability.

One final statement, I'd switch to a OS X in a heartbeat if I could get it on x86 architecture...why some people ask? Because I like the simplicity, I like how it just works, and I like how it looks. I could care less about being able to configure my mouse seven different ways from sunday. Give me a few programmers and graphic designers with a propensity for keeping things simple and asthetically pleasing, and I'll show you an OS people will like. Ubuntu seems to already have figured that out too...can't wait for the next release! Woot.