Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jul 2006 21:16 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical's Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is an excellent Linux-based operating system - so excellent, in fact, that it not only earned eWEEK Labs' Analyst's Choice designation but has also become our clear favorite among Linux desktop distributions. This latest Ubuntu release, which became available in June, has won our ardor with a tight focus on desktop usability; an extremely active, helpful and organized user community; and a software installation and management framework that's unsurpassed on any OS platform."
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Why Ubuntu?
by nedvis on Thu 20th Jul 2006 18:48 UTC
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Article title "Ubuntu 6.06 Is Current Desktop Linux Champ" may well be based on simple fact that Canonical distro is #1 on Distrowatch ( ) list but to claim Ubuntu The best Linux distribution Jason Brooks has to do much more.
Everything in article is based on personal experience and impression but real benchmarks and comparisons are missing although author promissed
more writings about easy-Linux championship.
It would be long list of reasons if I had to make one to answer to question why I never managed to keep Ubuntu installations on my computers for more than two weeks. As far as I can tell Ubuntu IS NOT the easiest nor most complete Linux distribution. Just take a look at PCLinuxOS which is real champion on my Pentium II 450 MHz and Celeron 500 MHz Compaq Deskpro Small Form Factor computers ( frequently seen in corporate offices)
PCLinuxOS is only at its O.93 version number but still in "top ten" Linux distros list at Distrowatch It can beat Ubuntu in almost every aspect if we are talking about distribution aimed to desktop users.
There are other KDE based easy-to use distros too
(Vector,Ark,Zenwalk to name few) that might compete with Ubuntu for prestigeous "Analist Choice" mark.
But we still have to wait for Jason Brooks and eWEEK to provide more proof for what they claimed.
I know who is eWEEK's target audience and it's most likely Ark, PSLinuxOS and Vector will be skipped in favour of distros clearly aimed to corporate environments ( SuSE, Xandros, RedHat, CentOS...).
Also I don't think eWEEK editorial staff will alocate more space in their magazine's pages for "what's the best Linux distro" kind of articles.
However it is good to see more articles about desktop Linux(es) in such reputable magazine as eWEEk is.

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