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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metalf8801
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2010-03-22

If Ubuntu is so bad then what distribution should noobs use? When I think of easy to use Linux distros other than Ubuntu and that aren't based on Ubuntu I think of PCLinuxOS or Linux Mint Debian Edition. However, I have no idea if they are any better when it comes to giving back to Linux community and since they are put together by a much smaller group of developers I'm not sure how I would even find out. Does anyone else know?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

If Ubuntu is so bad then what distribution should noobs use?


I install Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) for new users.

It is fast, stable, secure (in that no malware targets it) and very functional, it will easily meet all of the needs of over 90% of ordinary desktop users, perhaps more. It doesn't use ugly colours, and it is dead easy for people who are used to Windows to pick up.

Try to ignore the current sustained astroturfing smear campaigns against KDE and Canonical if you can (hopefully they can't keep it up forever). If you have some kind of beef with Canonical, then perhaps you could look at PCLinuxOS, MEPIS, Mandriva or openSUSE.

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