Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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Not worth the read
by thebluesgnr on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:09 UTC
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2005-11-14

"Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."

Actually, most operating systems are like this, including OS X and Windows. They aim to provide everything the "typical" user would want. What would you think of an OS that does nothing when you plug in an iPod? Or a digital camera? Or, when you receive a presentation it can't open it?

That may be called choice for you, but for the typical user it's called a "worthless" OS. And you can still do a minimal installation of Ubuntu and then install the packages as you wish (apt-get install xorg, apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment, apt-get install gnumeric, etc).

Don't waste your time and bandwidth with this article.

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RE: Not worth the read
by flanque on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:36 in reply to "Not worth the read"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Agreed.

It does seem like a strange topic given that vendors have been trying to do this probably since the inception of the operating system.

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