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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Drat.. couldn't resist..

Not likely what they meant but I've often felt the same way; comparing equal objects. The Windows repository is Windows Update. Looking at the Ubuntu repository, Windows Update pales by comparison. Especially when you consider what benefit Microsoft could provide the end user if they used the repository properly. Seems that MS is actually trying to do so with the new app store for Windows8 so we'll see how it works out.

Yes a lot of half working programs or programs that are already available for Windows.

And yet also a ton of solid working programs that are not available for Windows. But, you have a specific personal agenda to promote so; hate on good sir!

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westlake Member since:

The Windows repository is Windows Update.

There are countless independent "repositories" for Windows software: File Hippo, Steam, SourceForge....

Collectively, their program libraries are enormous --- easy to find and easy to use.

The first impression a Windows user is likely to have of the Ubuntu Store is "Pathetic."

There is much that will strike him as antiquated or bizarre:

The default install of Chromium, for example, does not support audio and video.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18 File Hippo, Steam, SourceForge

Of those only Steam qualifies as a repo in this context.

The default install of Chromium, for example, does not support audio and video.

You know how you lose an argument? You start to make things up and pretend they're facts. Chromium (and Chrome) supports both audio and video by default.

Edited 2012-06-19 03:48 UTC

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Morgan Member since:

The first impression a Windows user is likely to have of the Ubuntu Store is "Pathetic."

I wouldn't be so sure of that. Given how the major smartphone platforms have sold users on the idea of an "app store" over the past few years, I'd say they might just feel right at home there. Sure, it's not the 100,000 apps the big phone OSes have, but who needs 1000 fart apps or 7000 ringtone apps for their desktop PC? Pure numbers mean nothing if they don't fit the purpose.

Given too that the vast majority of apps in the Ubuntu store are completely free to download and use, I'd say Windows users would find relief from the onus of sifting through dozens of malware-infested "free" programs for that platform, looking for the golden trifecta of truly freeware, fully functional, malware-free apps.

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jabbotts Member since:

Are all those software sources accessible through a single package manager?

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bassbeast Member since:

I don't know if it'll parse or not but what me and my customers use for third party updates is Ninite..

You don't even have to know what version you have, it'll skip anything you check if you already have the latest version. Between it and WSUS Offline I can get a machine from a blank drive to a fully loaded and ready to sell Windows machine in under an hour and a half, with only 2 clicks from me about 1 hour in. couldn't be simpler.

As for him "hating" you seem to be forgetting that how EXACTLY is a user supposed to magically know which are good and which are half baked junk? Play software roulette? Spend hours in the forums which will just send you around in circles as half will always say its great and the other half say its poo?

Its not hate to point out when something is broken and frankly half baked software shouldn't even be IN the repos in the first place, the fact that so much of it is just helps to illustrate the fact that the whole repo idea needs to be rethought. A handful of guys simply can't provide QA and QC on that many packages, its just not possible. again don't know if it'll parse as links always seem to be hit and miss for me but here is an excellent article by one of the RH devs saying the whole system needs to be tossed, that "Linux is paying now for mistakes made 20 years ago" and he does make some VERY valid points.

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