Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Nov 2008 15:02 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu One of those traditional "I'm a user of abc, trying out xyz" articles. This time, a Mac user tries Ubuntu 8.10, and concludes: "Linux has come a long way, but it's not totally ready for the mom and pop folks, in my opinion. In the two days of testing, with two occasions it refused to load the graphic drivers and I could not enjoy Compiz. I found a tutorial which taught me how to modify xorg.conf to load XGL (I suspect that messing with the resolution of the second screen might have overwritten the xorg.conf file). Even so, I'd say Ubuntu 8.10 is a fantastic operating system. I guess it may take a while to tweak an Ubuntu installation to perfection, especially for more demanding users. I will recommend Ubuntu to everyone who can't afford a Mac, are not into heavy media content creation or hard-core gaming."
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RE[4]: Fair
by Daniel Borgmann on Mon 17th Nov 2008 08:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Fair"
Daniel Borgmann
Member since:
2005-07-08

That's not really true... Setting up a second monitor is hardly a hassle these days (or rather shouldn't be), and isn't comparable to upgrading the hard disk or similar.

E.g. plugging a desktop monitor into a MacBook is a very common thing to do (and being marketed by Apple, they certainly don't expect you to get a technician to set this up...).

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RE[5]: Fair
by lemur2 on Mon 17th Nov 2008 09:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Fair"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

That's not really true... Setting up a second monitor is hardly a hassle these days (or rather shouldn't be), and isn't comparable to upgrading the hard disk or similar.

E.g. plugging a desktop monitor into a MacBook is a very common thing to do (and being marketed by Apple, they certainly don't expect you to get a technician to set this up...).


If you have Ubuntu pre-installed, so that the video drivers and Xorg.conf are all pre-set correctly for you before you purchase the machine, then plugging in a second desktop monitor into such an Ubuntu machine is exactly the same experience ... it will just work.

http://www.x.org/wiki/Projects/XRandR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XRandR

The only problem with Linux, Xorg and Xrandr is that it is not necessarily correct after auto-detection following an install from a LiveCD. This however isn't a problem at all for a pre-installed Linux correctly set up by the OEM or the IT store.

So once again ... compare the two OSes in the same circumstances (ie both pre-installed and set up before the consumer gets them), and they perform similarly.

The only difference is, OSX hits your wallet hard and often, and Ubuntu never does.

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