Linked by Shahar Weiss on Thu 1st Mar 2007 18:58 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu I've been an Arch user for roughly 3 years. I'm pretty much familiar with it all - The way it boots, its configuration and its package management. I've also heard a lot of good things about Ubuntu, and wanted to try it for a long time. So, two weeks ago, I took the plunge. These are my findings.
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RE: Wow
by sbenitezb on Thu 1st Mar 2007 20:46 UTC in reply to "Wow"
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2005-07-22

<em>Wow... I'm tempted to install this superior-to-Vista OS. It's definitely ready for the desktop! [/sarcasm]</em>

Mmm... I'm tempted to try this Vista OS you mention and see if it supports my linux filesystem, or if it allows me to install on anything but the first partition and dual-boot without destroying the MBR, and allows me to configure multiple SATA disks to be used like one big disk as you can do with LVM, please no more C: D: thing, that's too '80s, too DOS; we are in 2007 you know. I'm also willing to see how does it manages my memory and how easy on resources this wonderful OS must be. I've also heard that it even doesn't touch the disk at all, so it really improves disks lifetime and power consumption. I'm pretty well informed about its much improved security and that it's virus-free, yet being released only a month ago and nobody is using it. It must be a panacea of OS, and it only costs how much? 800 bucks for an usable desktop? But hey, you've got easily configuration for SMB shares.[/sarcasm]

Edited 2007-03-01 20:47

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RE[2]: Wow
by stare on Thu 1st Mar 2007 20:59 in reply to "RE: Wow"
stare Member since:
2005-07-06

if it supports my linux filesystem

google ext2ifs

or if it allows me to install on anything but the first partition

sure it does.

and allows me to configure multiple SATA disks to be used like one big disk

sure it does, diskmgmt.msc -> dynamic disk

I'm also willing to see how does it manages my memory

in a very efficient manner, with technologies like SuperFetch.

800 bucks for an usable desktop

Actually $100-200, for a _really_ usable desktop, not like one described in the article. [/irony]

Edited 2007-03-01 20:59

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RE[3]: Wow
by MamiyaOtaru on Thu 1st Mar 2007 21:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

google ext2ifs

Yeah great, ext2. Or ext3.. without journalling! I used ext2ifs for a while but I got sick of running e2fsck all the time. If it was a little more stable, maybe. I ended up going back to fat32 for crossplatform storage.

usable desktop, not like one described in the article.

Some "power user" not finding things the same as in his distro of the last 3 years doesn't make it unusable. I mean what'd he complain about really? Samba had a lot of options? Upgrade wasn't fire and forget?

Actually $100-200, for a _really_ usable desktop

Paying money for a usable desktop? That'd be OSX then.. ;) I mean Windows can be easier for a new user than Linux for sure, I don't recommend Linux for everyone. Not like I can recommend Windows either though, from what I've seen average Joe is quite succeptible to malware on Windows and doesn't know what to do about it. Oh well, Linux is easy enough for me, and Windows easy enough for you ;)

Edited 2007-03-01 21:34

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RE[3]: Wow
by butters on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 00:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
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2005-07-08

ext2ifs

This is like saying it's acceptable for Linux to support any Windows filesystems, so long as it's FAT32. The Linux community bent over backwards to reverse engineer NTFS with no low-level documentation or cooperation from Microsoft. The least Microsoft can do is take our clean, open source implementations of ext3 and reiserfs and implement a basic Windows port. Or do they expect the Linux community to do this, too?

diskmgmt.msc -> dynamic disk

What the hell is that? I haven't been using Windows very much lately, but I wouldn't even know where to begin from this explanation. Is this a registry key? Is a *.msc a kind of configuration utility? Not easy enough for a Linux user to figure out.

in a very efficient manner, with technologies like SuperFetch.

You mean in a more aggressive and wasteful manner? There's nothing efficient about SuperFetch. Anticipatory paging is only a good idea if you have a small amount of memory, lots of disk bandwidth, and no more than (3*NCPUS)/2 threads simultaneously awake on average. This is an unusual situation for a modern desktop system. Otherwise you're wasting precious disk bandwidth and evicting possibly useful pages from memory when it isn't necessary, all to try (possibly unsuccessfully) to keep the current thread runnable when there's other threads that also want to run. It's a tradeoff that could end up improving or decreasing performance, not an efficiency improvement by any means.

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RE[3]: Wow
by archiesteel on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 04:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Actually $100-200, for a _really_ usable desktop, not like one described in the article.

The article is from someone moving from one Linux distribution to another, not from someone moving from Windows. The fact is that when you use a distro, you get used to its way of doing things and its quirks.

I moved from Mandriva to Ubuntu, and at first there were things I was used to doing on Mandriva that confused me on Ubuntu - however, that doesn't mean the desktop is not usable (never mind the fact that the article's author is an advanced user).

Personally, Kubuntu's printer interface (i.e. KDE's) is very usable, and easy to find.

So unless you have something of value to contribute about either Arch Linux or Ubuntu, I suggest that you abstain from bringing Windows into it. Doing so would be off-topic (not to mention trolling).

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