Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 18th Jun 2012 05:29 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Over at the Goodbye, Microsoft web site, Brad R. takes Ubuntu to task for abandoning dial-up modem users. Apparently Ubuntu no longer includes the GnomePPP dial-up package in the distribution, without which you can't get online via dial-up. It gets better: if you do have some way to connect, when you download something from the Ubuntu repository, the first thing Ubuntu does is update its 16+ megabyte repository index. Happy waiting! Brad concludes that "Ubuntu is for broadband users only."
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RE[2]: seriously
by gan17 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 13:52 UTC in reply to "RE: seriously"
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They really think most people in Africa are going to have a broadband connection?

If you go by that school of thought; Most people in Africa probably wouldn't have the 32 cpu cores and 8000 GB RAM required to run Unity anyway.

I know Ubuntu is an African word and Shuttelworth is South African, but I don't recall ever reading that they were "targeting" Africa specifically. Even if they were, they sure aren't now looking at the system requirements.

It does sound a bit strange, though. Pppoe-whatever packages are probably just a few kb, and someone living in a rural place with only dial-up wouldn't have the ability to download the packages if he couldn't get connected in the first place. Then again, I suppose someone with dial-up wouldn't be downloading a 600mb ISO anyway.

Edited 2012-06-18 14:01 UTC

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