Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:02 UTC, submitted by SilentBob4
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu MadPenguin takes a look at Flight 5 of Ubuntu Dapper, and concludes: "All in all, Ubuntu 6.06 is gearing up to be quite an impressive release. Granted, I saw some bugs during my stay on the distribution, but can I really complain? It's not a full release, so it deserves some breathing room. Considering some of the horribly authored software I've looked at over the years, I feel that Ubuntu in pre-release form is more stable than other distros when they reach final release status. It's not quite in the league of Slackware and Red Hat/Fedora in that respect yet, but it's surely getting there in a hurry."
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It's nice but....
by mkools on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:34 UTC
mkools
Member since:
2005-10-11

It's still far away from a distro like Slackware which is much more powerfull and I certainly would not pay for it like the reviewer says he will.

Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

Ubuntu is a very overhyped linux distro, nothing more nothing less.
It's popularity was made by throwing with a lot of cash, not because it differs from other distro's in a great way.

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RE: It's nice but....
by jcinacio on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:39 in reply to "It's nice but...."
jcinacio Member since:
2006-03-12

The headline should be "First Look: Ubuntu Linux 6.06"... ... and it's on flight 6 already ;)

Ubuntu is a very overhyped linux distro, nothing more nothing less.
It's popularity was made by throwing with a lot of cash, not because it differs from other distro's in a great way.


did you even READ the article?!?

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RE: It's nice but....
by dagw on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:47 in reply to "It's nice but...."
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

It is also nice for for people (like me) who've been using linux for 6-7 years (and other *nix OS's before that), tried just about every distro out there, has worked as a linux sysadmin for several companies, has done just about any configuration setup you can think of using vi and /etc and just wants a simple solid workstation OS that works with a minimum of fuss.

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RE: It's nice but....
by Jezza on Mon 17th Apr 2006 13:01 in reply to "It's nice but...."
Jezza Member since:
2005-10-13

Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

Really? I've been using ubuntu since Warty/Hoary time and never have I used a wizard for anything. At all.

I don't really think there are any wizard/gui configs for ubuntu. I moved to ubuntu from Mandrake, where everything was gui-driven, and I had a hard time having to write scripts to run my ADSL modem at boot-time with a custom firmware, and having to set up samba/dhcpd manually was hard for someone from the 'wizard' environment. You just show with comments like this that you don't use/(probabally) never have used ubuntu.

I think it's a great transitional OS for people inbetween Linspire/Mandrake and Slackware/Gentoo

And I hate seeing people so violently opposed to a distro like this, we're all comrades in the OSS arena, no need for this 'ubuntu r t3h suxxors' attitude, which, as far as I can see, is simply jealousy that it's such a popular distro with strong active development...

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RE: It's nice but....
by dark child on Mon 17th Apr 2006 13:12 in reply to "It's nice but...."
dark child Member since:
2005-12-09


Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

Ubuntu is a very overhyped linux distro, nothing more nothing less.
It's popularity was made by throwing with a lot of cash, not because it differs from other distro's in a great way.

I agree with some of your sentiments. The first two official releases were nothing more than hype and there were many distros out there that were more user friendly and technically superior. Dapper however, appears to be shaping up into a really good distro.

What Ubuntu has done well, is market its product to a broad range of people. This has resulted in many more people getting interested in Linux. This a good thing for Linux and opensource because it shows others that there are alternatives to MS. Obviously having the cash to market and promote your product does help.

Many advanced Linux users may not be too keen on Ubuntu but its simplicity and wizards is good for people making the switch from other OSes like Windows and MAC. I probably won't use it but I am getting more confident in recommending it to others.

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RE: It's nice but....
by kadymae on Mon 17th Apr 2006 13:50 in reply to "It's nice but...."
kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

Um no.

OS X does everything for me with wizards. You will pry it out of my cold, dead fingers. It works for me. I don't work for it.

The people who want to go rooting around in the underbelly of their OS is about 2% of the masses. I want to learn shell scripting about as much as I want to learn the ins and out of my fuel injector and timing sequences.

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RE[2]: It's nice but....
by pinky on Mon 17th Apr 2006 13:58 in reply to "It's nice but...."
pinky Member since:
2005-07-15

>Sure, it's a nice distro for the average homeuser that is new to linux and wants everything done with wizards, but once they get more experienced they will move to another distro.

I can't hear this arguments any more. It's the same if people referring to GNOME as the "average homeuser" Desktop and KDE or a "cool" windowmanager like openbox for the professional user.

Professional user doesn't want to play the whole day with the system they want to work with the system. The difference between the "professional user" and the "average homeuser" is not that the professional user want to tinker the whole day on the system and the average user want to work. Both want to work! The difference is what they do with their machine.

I'm using GNU/Linux for many years. In my first years it was fun to try different distributions, WMs/DMs, work with Debian unstable... But by and by i just want a system that works so i can focus on the really exciting tasks and i switched to a "ready to work" distribution (fedora). With Drapper i will probably give Ubuntu a try because i liked always Debian, deb etc.

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RE: It's nice but....
by dumbkiwi on Mon 17th Apr 2006 19:41 in reply to "It's nice but...."
dumbkiwi Member since:
2006-01-02

I just moved from gentoo (after about 2 years) to kubuntu on my laptop this weekend - still using gentoo on my desktop and servers. I wasn't expecting much, as I became disillusioned with binary distros a long time ago, but I have to say I'm very impressed.

I'd say you clearly haven't used it, and don't understand what a "powerful" distribution is. Ubuntu is just as "powerful" as gentoo, because it's ... a linux distro. It's got the same scripting environments, the same tools, and the same kernel as gentoo.

You can get down and dirty with init scripts just like you can in gentoo, or you can not worry about them and run with the distro as is. Up to you. But don't judge a distro based on some perceived 'l33t' value. All distros are as 'l33t' as you want to make them.

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