Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 22:42 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu If there's one consistent piece of criticism that gets lobbed in Canonical's and Mark Shuttleworth's direction, it's that they do not contribute enough code - or anything else for that matter - to the Free software world. Mark Shuttleworth has apparently had enough, and has written a very, very lengthy blog post detailing how he feels about this criticism.
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Off the top of my head. One CD distro. They weren't first but definitely the best at the time. And no I don't need examples of some hacked Fedora image that wasn't half a DVD's worth of crap. Ubuntu's installer was better and still is, imo, than any other distro. Pop in the cd, see if it works, install. Fast boot times and shutdown times, and no I don't need to see a hacked version of Damn Small Linux with a hacked kernel that can boot faster, yeah good luck getting a new user to use that.

I've been using Linux since Debian Potato, When Red Hat basically dropped the desktop user market and decided to make the guinea pig bate Fedora. I moved to that after going through Mandrake, and Suse. The first time I popped in Ubuntu, it was like a breath of fresh air, one cd, 10 minute install and very little crap installed that I don't need. Debian's apt-get (best package manager imo) and a huge repo. NOTHING, other than maybe debian after being hacked and prodded to oblivion, even came close and still doesn't. The amount of repos, launchpad packages, and sites just dedicated to Ubuntu is staggering compared to anything else.

Finally the biggest usability feature that Ubuntu had compared to other distros. The community. They wouldn't berate you for asking a newb question, you can almost always find answers to almost any Linux issue in their forums. DO a google search and the first queries usually point you to their forums with an answer. Compare that to the other communities at the time. You couldn't even go to the debian forum without someone jumping down your throat if you asked a simple question. Fedora was almost the same with all the Redhat gurus except everyone knew that all the users were there as test subjects. "Get RHEL" they would say, if you don't want to deal with simple installer issues. Suse support was almost dismal as they expected users to rely on the admittedly great documentation at the time, or since you most likely had bought it retail you could contact someone for support. Mandrake was probably the most friendly but the distro was always cutting edge, beautiful, but a hacky, buggy piece of shit. Its like they didn't even test the thing before release. Trust me what Ubuntu has done for quality control alone in distroland is a HUGE contribution, imo.

Oh and before Ubuntu most distros that had any modicum of polish wanted to charge you for something you would most likely replace in 6 months with a newer version and they weren't even that polished or worth the cash, imo. Now I like to pay for things but not what passed for "desktop" linux not that long ago.

Edited 2010-09-15 04:13 UTC

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