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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Why I still recommend Mandriva to my friends
by amiroff on Tue 26th Apr 2005 16:36 UTC

Why I still recommend Mandriva to my friends:

- It has a very fast and userfiendly instalaltion and partition management.
- It has a very good locale support
- DMA on by default
- mp3 and other codecs on by default
- control center, tools and wizards
- detection and automounting of windows partitions
- No X freezes
- Splash screen and faster boot (yes, faster than hoary)
- Keyboard switcher actualy works in Gnome and KDE

Of course, mandriva lacks some professional look and has some glitches, but it's way more configured out of the box than Hoary.