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."
Thread beginning with comment 168852
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
My comment (as posted on the article site)
by twenex on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:17 UTC
Member since:

Umm, excuse me? I donít mean to be hostile, but I think youíve got this back-asswards.

*Microsoft* are the ones who are trying to push *one* piece of software on the user. Windows (from one supplier), IE (which canít be uninstalled), MS Office (which comes free on most PCís, and if it doesnít thereís always MS Works - yes, thatís right, ANOTHER MS office suite/program. I havenít yet seen major PC vendors preinstalling, though they may indeed do this.)

By contrast, all Ubuntu does is provide a default set of options, and in the Debian tradition, also provides alternatives. Yes, you can install Kubuntu or Xubuntu, but you can also install Ubuntu, and then install KDE and/or XFCE, and/or deinstall GNOME.

I may be in a minority, but I also think Web applications are a bad idea if they are used for mission-critical tasks like office software and databases. I want control of my data, and youíre going to have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

Timeless - if you run Linux or Unix as a ďnormalĒ user (and most do), apps cannot get ahold of the root account without user intervention. OTOH, since Win has so many security holes AND most users use an administrator account, there is nothing stopping spyware from installing itself, or viruses from corrupting the whole system.

Also, users on corporate desktops (whether using Linux, UNIX, or Windows) should NOT be installing apps willy-nilly. Either administrators can do it for them, or they should have enough confidence in those users who do it to know that those users can be trusted to handle the root account responsibly.


BTW, it would be nice to have an option to "discommend" articles.

Reply Score: 5

ronaldst Member since:


BTW, it would be nice to have an option to "discommend" articles.

Isn't there enough abuse as it is with the voting? O_o

Reply Parent Score: 4