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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Why Ubuntu Is Number One
by chemical_scum on Sun 7th Jan 2007 20:16 UTC
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I think that the author of this article Why Ubuntu Is Number One misses a lot about why Ubuntu became the most popular distro. It is not just Shippit and marketing. I have been a Linux user for five years now and had some Unix experience dating back to when I was a grad student in the late eighties.

A year ago I was a moderately happy Mandrake/Mandriva user. Primarily now just wanting a home desktop that was easy to use and administer.  Following the growing online interest in Ubuntu I ordered a copy of Hoary via Shipit. I played with the Live version on my system at home and some systems at work. It seemed quite nice but I had some problems with videocard support on some systems and the showstopper at home it would not print ot my HP PSC all-in-one. So I ordered Breezy when it came out, the hardware support was much better and it recognized my printer so installation was a maybe. Then my old Mandrake 10.1 just died it was irreparable it wouldn't reinstall from the installation CD's which were unable even to reformat the hard drive as a last resort.

So I installed Breezy and it just worked. I then ran EasyUbuntu and got all the multimeadia etc. working just the way I wanted. The experience converted me to being a committed Ubuntu user. By and large it just works. I have had the occasional minor problem but the online community support is so good that it is quickly resolved.

I upgraded to Dapper when it came out and found it gave performance improvements and I am still a happy user. I have not yet upgraded to Edgy yet as I am happy with Dapper LTS and it seems it has too few improvements to be worth the effort, after all it was released only four months after Dapper. I fully intend to upgrade toe Feisty in April probably buying a new system to take full advantage of it. I think it is experiences like mine that is responsible for the conversion of a very large number of existing Linux users to Ubuntu.

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RE: Why Ubuntu Is Number One
by ubit on Sun 7th Jan 2007 20:32 in reply to "Why Ubuntu Is Number One"
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I agree that the community plays a huge factor in Ubuntu--but that does come from Ubuntu's ease of use, because like Youtube, if it didn't provide an inherent value of "easy Linux", people wouldn't use it. For instance this thread started in the Ubuntu forums a few months ago, about installing Ubuntu from Windows using a .exe file to make a loopback ext3, with no need for even restarting to boot into a CD (Talk about lazy ;) ), and best part: NO PARTITIONING, probably the scariest thing about trying a Linux variety.

Then we got this prototype for download. I'm eager to test out on my other PC that is pretty much Windows only because of family. From what I see so far, you download the 1.35mb exe, double click, go through one page of settings and then it opens a bittorrent connection to download Ubuntu, and will hopefully install. I'm still waiting on the download right now...

And of course there's the many utilities that Ubuntu users have coded in response to community demand or to scratch an itch (including Alacarte menu editor that was finally included in base Gnome 2.16 after being in Ubuntu for a while, Xorg-edit ( ), etc.)

Edited 2007-01-07 20:51

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