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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westlake
Member since:
2010-01-07

The Windows repository is Windows Update.


There are countless independent "repositories" for Windows software: Amazon.com. Download.com. Gog.com. 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

Amazon.com. Download.com. Gog.com. 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:
2005-06-29

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:
2007-09-06

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

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