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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by Jeff Waugh on Wed 9th Feb 2005 05:08 UTC

"Ubuntu themselves do not recommend using Debian repositories with Ubuntu as they may break the system and indeed, I have broken a Ubuntu system doing so."

Ubuntu's repositories are not compatible with Debian's in the same way that the woody repository is not compatible with the sarge repository. Ubuntu stable releases are done every six months, branched from sid. This is essentially the same as what Debian releases are (ie. no more updates) but more regular. You shouldn't mix packages between warty, sarge and sid for *exactly* the same reasons why you shouldn't mix packages between woody, sarge and sid.

"Also, what happens if Ubuntu's funding falls through? Will they start charging for access in the way that Linspire and Xandros simply to maintain this independent repository?"

See the front page of the website. We have made a very public commitment that Ubuntu will always be free as in beer as well as free as in speech. Ubuntu will shut up shop before charging for the distribution.

"The default theme in Ubuntu is awful and it isn't as polished as it could be."

Oh well, at least this gripe you can easily deal with on your own desktop.

"And Ubuntu doesn't give enough credit to all the works they have incorporated into their software."

We don't? You should read our website. I believe we do, very much so. We even mention a number of the important projects we incorporate and work with on the default home page used in our browsers. The people involved in Ubuntu development *know* what it takes to be a good community citizen, and we take that role very seriously.