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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Nice installer
by dr_gonzo on Mon 25th Apr 2005 21:12 UTC

I helped a friend install Linux on his laptop this week. He was having trouble installing Suse. I found Suse's installer to be reallly slow and a bit confusiing. Maybe I'm just used to the Debian installer...

Anyway, I took over and installed Ubuntu on it. TBH, I was aching to try it out ;) I was really impressed with how easy and straight forward the installer was and how quickly it installed. Even though I was a KDE fan before switching to Mac OS X, I found the GNOME environment really nice. Installing packages was a snap too. If I ever get an x86 box again, I'll deffinately install Ubuntu.