Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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by daschmidty on Tue 4th Dec 2007 22:25 UTC in reply to "Can't agree witth..."
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There are alternative to using the built-in software repos. For one you can add a third party repo(there are countless of them) or you can fetch the .deb of the package that you want from a site like getdeb. Nonetheless I understand why there is no built in documentation to do this on Ubuntu. The third party repos and packages aren't subject to the same security, stability, and compatibility checking that the official ones are.(You can even get "dependency hell" on testing release packages) As a result these should be used at your own risk. However this requires some linux savvy and Ubuntu is targeted at a new user base. The problem would arise for Ubuntu when testing software and outside packages begin to break. On windows, if you download and install software that turns out to be buggy, or filled with viruses/malware, or destroys your system, it is accepted that it's your own fault for installing bad software and windows itself has nothing to do with it. However on Ubuntu, new adopters would be quick to blame Ubuntu for "breaking itself" and "crashing all the time". The method Ubuntu uses is geared to by default only allow stable and safe software to be installed while at the same time it is flexible enough to allow more experienced users(the one who by that point may know how to resolve the messes they cause) to go out and experiment with the newest cutting edge stuff.

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