Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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bousozoku
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2006-01-23


That wasn't my point. For some reasons that I just can't fathom, most user-friendly linux distros are leading or bleeding edge and therefore unstable. Shouldn't an OS designed for non-technical users be STABLE? Why would grandma care if she is running the most up to date xorg or kernel? It should just work and work reliably, even if using 'out of date' packages.

If someone were to take Debian stable and add all the little bells and whistles that would make it user friendly then you would have a STABLE disto that would be ready for the general public, but I'm generalizing. So, Debian COULD be distributed to the general public, but in different clothes.


Sure, but isn't that how Ubuntu started?

I think the only way this will work is for 1 person to put together a distribution so there are no arguments or committees or anything that will disturb the vision.

Personally, I think that PC-BSD could be that desktop that people want since usually FreeBSD is quite stable.

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kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

Ubuntu is based on Debian testing (or maybe unstable?), not stable branch. Always has been as far as I know.

PC-BSD is awesome, if only it played better with GNOME.

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Ubuntu is based on Debian testing (or maybe unstable?), not stable branch. Always has been as far as I know.

PC-BSD is awesome, if only it played better with GNOME.


Ubuntu is from Debian unstable. The reason why people don't take from Debian stable is the code is very stable but WAY out of date. That is good in some cases but not good when you are trying to add new features on a quick turn around like Ubuntu does.

But there are or were: MEPIS, Xandros, Linspire, Progeny and Libranet who all used Debian as the base and added or add bells and whistles. That is nothing new.

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