Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Oct 2010 14:17 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Yes, yes, it's that time of the year again - a new Fiona Apple album confirmed (which makes anything that happens between now and spring 2011 irrelevant and annoying), MorphOS 2.6 released (will be the next news item), and, of course, a new Ubuntu release showcasing the best of the best that the Free software world has to offer in the desktop world.
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I'd never touch Ubuntu again
by Auzy on Mon 11th Oct 2010 02:12 UTC
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Ubuntu's success has relied almost entirely on 2 things:
1) APT, and the dislike for RPM
2) Making unlicensed codecs easy to install (something which Fedora dares not do). In fact, according to popcon, 70-100% of users have the codecs installed, and none are probably licensed to use all of them. It could be argued by patent owners that they are unfairly benefiting by not legally licensing things as their success mainly depends on their ease of installation. There is strangely, no EASY way to legally use the codecs though.

Personally, I feel Ubuntu is bad for Linux:
1) They totally messed up Pulseaudio (they didn't do ANY research clearly), and that left users with a mindset Pulseaudio was junk.
2) They are working on gimmicky stuff like faster booting, whilst their hibernation is MUCH more broken than other distro's.
3) I'm suspicious how secure Ubuntu client REALLY is. 2 years ago, fork bombs worked fine in Bash.
4) Even the Ubuntu Music is simply rebranded 7Digital. The problem is, 7Digital uses Mp3's, and Ubuntu provides no one-click way to license Mp3 support. Rather than do things properly, they clearly rushed.
5) I've seen some jokingly bad bugs which hang around AGES.

Anyway, good luck with 10.10, but I refuse to use a distro which seems to contradicts itself and believes that acting innocent will be enough to allow them to escape legal issues. Frankly, Fedora might not have the gimmicks, but I changed recently, and it is a LOT more usable. Furthermore, they don't take legal risks and work towards fixing the foundation of Linux, rather than simply replacing a few roofing tiles.

Edited 2010-10-11 02:18 UTC

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