Linked by Christian Paratschek on Mon 25th Apr 2005 20:11 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Welcome back to another issue of my reviews of Linux distributions. Not really surprisingly, this time I decided to take a close look at the second version of the most popular Debian offshoot, Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu's performance probably was the biggest surprise that 2004 had in store for Linux users. Just 9 months ago, almost noone even knew that there was a new project underway, but then things went really fast: after a preview version in mid-September, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, released version 4.10 in October. Being based on Debian, Ubuntu has a solid base and, despite not being supported officially, all the (18.000) Debian packages available. Ubuntu 4.10 proved to be a decent operating system (especially for a first try) and had overall pretty positive reviews (here's mine).
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Disappointing Security
by Andreas on Mon 25th Apr 2005 20:58 UTC

I am a little bit disappointed by Ubuntu's security.

Hoary's Firefox 1.0.2 still has unpatched critical security bugs which are fixed in Firefox 1.0.3 but so far they neither updated to 1.0.3 nor did they backport the missing secutiry patches. These are issues the Firefox devs called "critical".

Warty's Firefox looks even worse.

So far the only security update in Hoary has been an updated kdelibs package last week. This package is broken and uninstallable. Not yet fixed.

I understand that most Ubuntu developers attent the conference this week but I would have hoped for a faster response time when the browser of a desktop distro has citical issues. At least some information about this would have been nice.