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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System stability is outstanding - WOT????
by Till on Tue 26th Apr 2005 10:55 UTC

The installer is borked, gnome freezzzzzzzes hard-solid for no reason, Firefox dies every 20 minutes or has a spasm and uses 150 meg of ram and won't respond, DMA on CD/DVD drives are off by default and not easy to turn on. Countless people are having their Master boot records hosed on or after install, not to mention the countless others that get a blank screen upon booting the first time! I hardly call that Outstanding Stability. If only I could get it to install! First off, the partitioning tool doesn't work properly if you already have linux partitions, it won't let you select which ones to format or not, sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't. It won't let you write grub to anywhere but the MBR and not even that's guaranteed, I mean it won't even let you write a boot floppy for Christ's sake!
Then after countless hours screwing around trying to get the stupid thing to boot, it freezes loging into to Gnome - type my name, password and wham, locked hard, solid, kaput, run down the curtains, it was a dead parrot! And I'm not the only one, go read their forums. Tried it on my 3 year old generic lappy and got the same problems - Nope, not Outstanding Stability here boy'o noway Jose! These 6 month release cycles are nuts, there's no way you can test things to a satisfactory level in 6 months, I don't care how good you think you are!