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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RE: Martin
by poofyhairguy on Mon 25th Apr 2005 22:32 UTC

The part that I found kind of hairy... is that, to get the level of functionality that many come to expect from a desktop OS, you have to enable external package repositories. Following the documenation on, I was able to install just about everything I needed... but this came at the cost of stability. Enabling GLX and the nvidia driver, in addition installing some multimedia packages, left my system highly unstable. The machine locked up frequently at seemingly random times.

Well, I don't know what to tell you about the Nvidia drivers (I have a laptop and a desktop that uses those drivers all day and I only get crashes when I mess with xcompmgr). But as for the other things, I advise that you stay away from debian repositories. The backports repo has everything like that:

I know what the Ubuntuguide says, but he doesn't tell you to use the backport repo because of a spat with the backports in the past.