Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 9th May 2010 12:34 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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by Beachchairs on Mon 10th May 2010 08:45 UTC
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I don't think this article is as horrible as everyone says. I think stirring up shit has value and must be done from time to time. Sadly, it seems you only have to say that the latest Ubuntu won't cause peace in the middle east, and the Linux crowd will go off trying to find typos just so they can discredit the article strawman it's author.

Ubuntu did set the bar for itself incredibly high when it first came out. Ubuntu lit a fire under the developers of other distros, and you see some pretty stark improvements across all distros around the time Ubuntu came out. Eventually this hit Redmond, and they actually released a Windows that doesn't suck with all its soul. Now Ubuntu has actual competition, it has to actually act like it. Canonical seems like they have already displaced MS. They haven't. They are still the little guys trying to fight uphill; they still need to be vastly better in ever single way to stand a chance against Windows. Lately Ubuntu releases have been sloppy, and I think they can no longer get away with it.

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