PCWorld was especially satisfied with Ubuntu's excellent hardware recognition. "Each installation found and recognized all of my hardware without requiring a reboot," they write, "Even my media card slot, which Windows can never locate a driver for on its own, worked right off the bat."
When it comes to Fedora, there were a few problems on the X.org side, but what they loved was the support for SELinux. " Most users will find that the biggest benefit of SELinux is its management of root user authority: The program alerts you when you've had root privileges activated for more than a few minutes, so you can minimize your exposure from this vulnerability."
Ubuntu 8.0.4 offers a level of functionality comparable to that of Mac OS and Windows, from delivery to installation to daily use. Unfortunately, the ties that bind all Linux distributions - primarily a lack of support for major Windows- and Mac-based business, design, and gaming applications - still hold Ubuntu back from mass popularity. For users with such moderate computing needs as Web browsing, e-mail, and basic document creation, however, Hardy is a compelling option.