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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Well Ubuntu is NOT an OS in the strictest meaning of the word

Yes, it's more than an OS.

As a matter of fact Ubuntu is less of an OS than Windows is but still for the layman it IS an OS

Which is pure nonsense as it's more than an OS, more than what Windows is. Logic problem ?

For the 2+ years that the Distro has been around there have been very slow improvements in the general appearance of the OS

Which means its look is stable and you recognise Ubuntu easily ?

anybody who has ever tried a linux distro knows that no DE is on par with what comes out of the camps of Apple and even MS

I agree entirely. I know my Linux DE are far better.

Not that KDE and Gnome are bad but they still need some polishing in order too appeal to the corporate and the home user markets

Nonsense. BTW, call me back when Windows give me back my session like I left it when I logged off, like Gnome and KDE (and XFCE) do for me since a looooong time.
Come on, it's a basic feature ! I would dare say it's a must have feature.

However, with an exception of the first 6 months of its existence, Ubuntu hasn't really done much work

Let me guess : you never came close to the things called Internationalisation and Localisation, did you ?
Or perhaps you think everyone is a native english speaker ?

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