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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Ubuntu a overrated distro?
by 0_o on Mon 25th Apr 2005 22:28 UTC

I do not understand all this buzz around Ubuntu lately. Sure, it is ok distro with very nicely selected packages, but that's about it. There are problems on my machine with Ubuntu that I have not seen before with any other distro I tried. X windows just fail to start and all I get is a blank screen right away after install. After some configuration at xorg.conf it's all fine, but that certainly was not the best first impression i've had. My network did not seem to be recognized automatically and there were some other minor gliches. Warty, Hoary- all of them showed exactly the same. Im a bit dissapointed with Ubuntu, but because it is such a young distro I'm willing to wait a year and maybe then give it another go. As it matures and the hype decreases it actually might turn into a fine distro- somewhere in my top 10.