Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 7th Jan 2007 19:24 UTC, submitted by falko
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on a Ubuntu Edgy Eft desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions. It covers the usage of internal NTFS partitions (e.g. in a dual-boot environment) and of external USB NTFS drives. Additionally, one more FS-related article (How To Resize ext3 Partitions Without Losing Data), and one Ubuntu (Why Ubuntu Is Number One).
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"Ubuntu #1 article"
by Noremacam on Sun 7th Jan 2007 20:13 UTC
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2006-03-08

I think Ubuntu's got it easy because the hardest work for the new linux user, using the command prompt, has been reduced to cutting and pasting commands from online tutorials.

I really think, Ubuntu, as an operating system is on par with a number of others, but it's the sheer user support it gets that keeps it floating on top, at least for now. I think, for there to be a good "ubuntu killer"(take this lightheartedly), competing distros must really crank up the support(or rather the users of the distro must).

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RE: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by hal2k1 on Sun 7th Jan 2007 22:14 in reply to ""Ubuntu #1 article""
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2005-11-11

//I think Ubuntu's got it easy because the hardest work for the new linux user, using the command prompt, has been reduced to cutting and pasting commands from online tutorials. //

In PCLinuxOS, you can install ntfs-3g from the Synaptic package manager. No need for tutorials or command lines at all.

You just install it, and then replace "ntfs" with "ntfs-3g" in the file /etc/fstab, where mounting of partitions at boot time is controlled.

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RE[2]: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by Noremacam on Sun 7th Jan 2007 22:19 in reply to "RE: "Ubuntu #1 article""
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2006-03-08

I was just refering to the last article link, not to the NTFS support per se.

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RE: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by happycamper on Mon 8th Jan 2007 05:28 in reply to ""Ubuntu #1 article""
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2006-01-01

/* I think, for there to be a good "ubuntu killer"(take this lightheartedly), competing distros must really crank up the support(or rather the users of the distro must).*/


According to distrowatch, OpenSUSE linux is not far behind from ubuntu. 2007 might the year for Opensuse.

Edited 2007-01-08 05:34

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RE[2]: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by macisaac on Mon 8th Jan 2007 14:45 in reply to "RE: "Ubuntu #1 article""
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2005-08-28

That's a good point of comparison, openSUSE as compared to Ubuntu. Both are decent enough distros, but as most who've used Debian for any extensive period of time, Ubuntu doesn't really bring much fundamentally new and different to the table. It's really just a somewhat polished desktop oriented debian derivative. The things most _new_ users will point to as it's strengths (particularly its package management) are debian through and through. Importantly, in terms of doing stuff that's moderately complex, I've found Ubuntu no easier than most other distros out there.

openSUSE on the other hand, now they actually do something other than rebranding other folks work. You'd think stuff like YaST and company would get more notice from the "it just works" camp of thinking. Easy tasks are still easy, and not so easy tasks become less cumbersome and daunting when you have the right tools at hand. (mind you, I'm well aware the SUSE folk have had some stinkers in there as well, the bustificated zmd stuff in 10.1 easily comes to mind...)

I think other posters largely got it right, it's excellent marketing, a rather vocal user base (yes, this does get annoying for the rest of us...), and the availability of "copy and paste" wiki sites for Ubuntu that have made it what it is. Not to forget of course the solid Debian underpinning which really makes Ubuntu what it is.

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RE: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by FunkyELF on Mon 8th Jan 2007 13:47 in reply to ""Ubuntu #1 article""
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2006-07-26

I think Ubuntu's got it easy because the hardest work for the new linux user, using the command prompt, has been reduced to cutting and pasting commands from online tutorials.

I really think, Ubuntu, as an operating system is on par with a number of others, but it's the sheer user support it gets that keeps it floating on top, at least for now. I think, for there to be a good "ubuntu killer"(take this lightheartedly), competing distros must really crank up the support(or rather the users of the distro must).


I think Gentoo is there. I tried setting up MythTV on Ubuntu and ran into problems. I then tried it with Gentoo's howto on their Wiki with no problems.
And for copying and pasting commands, you should look at Gentoo's official docs and unofficial Wiki. Gentoo is usually the first to get howto's for new things. I remember they were one of the first for XGL/Beryl/AIGLX, booting Linux on the new Intel Macs, booting Linux on an (original) Xbox, booting Linux on the new Efika boards, they even have a howto for getting that Looking Glass thing working.

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RE[2]: "Ubuntu #1 article"
by Sphinx on Mon 8th Jan 2007 14:34 in reply to "RE: "Ubuntu #1 article""
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2005-07-09

I too find much more support and instructions on how-to do anything from building and using a cutting edge desktop that isn't released yet to embedded system porting. With gentoo everything is within reach.

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