Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 17th Jul 2012 04:53 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Like Ubuntu's Unity interface? Great. If not, you can easily change it to look and act like Ubuntu used to. This tutorial shows how.
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RE: Nice but...
by bolomkxxviii on Tue 17th Jul 2012 12:29 UTC in reply to "Nice but..."
bolomkxxviii
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Nice but...
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2009-08-20
While this tutorial is nice and you've put lots of work and time into it...It's still DAUNTING to see the huge amount of work it takes to have a "working" system, something that fits your needs. And yet, Ubuntu is supposed to be the most user-friendly. Look at the huge tutorials on the Ubuntu Forum...With unexpected results and lots of tweaking. Crazy. When I think about a friend I visited these days, who baught a brand new laptop with Windows 7 and who was mad at the computer because it was always interfering, asking to update AsusBios Update, Default Browser selection. She said she would be a lot of money to get rid of these annoyances. She never knows what to respond when these message pop up. I thought...Try Linux, you'll see what a headache and waste of time mean. And we're in 2012 and things haven't changed much.

Ubuntu never was the "easiest linux", it was just the most popular for personal use. Since Unity arrived Ubuntu has dropped in popularity. If you check out Distrowatch you will see Mint is much more popular these days. Installation is dead simple and in most instances it "just works".

Edited 2012-07-17 12:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Nice but...
by zima on Tue 17th Jul 2012 14:50 in reply to "RE: Nice but..."
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2005-07-06

Ubuntu never was the "easiest linux", it was just the most popular for personal use. Since Unity arrived Ubuntu has dropped in popularity. If you check out Distrowatch you will see Mint is much more popular these days.

Distrowatch, counting hits on its distro-specific summary pages, doesn't give a very accurate idea about overall popularity.

More general web stats, while obviously also flawed, are probably flawed much less ...and there happens to be one with per-distro breakdown on one group of very popular websites - summary of all requests on Wikimedia services:

http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2012-06/SquidRepor...
Linux Mint 12.5 M 0.01%
Linux Ubuntu 990 M 0.66%
Here, Mint has close to 2 orders of magnitude less requests than Ubuntu (and Debian, SUSE, Fedora are also ahead)

But wait, what about trends, you say? Let's check half a year ago:
http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2012-01/SquidRepor...
Linux Mint 19.1 M 0.01%
Linux Ubuntu 942 M 0.68%
Uhm, yeah...

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RE[2]: Nice but...
by MikeCarter on Tue 17th Jul 2012 14:57 in reply to "RE: Nice but..."
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2006-05-15

If you check out Distrowatch you will see Mint is much more popular these days.


Hits per day are hardly a good representation of a distribution's popularity. Something like this Wikimedia's requests are much more reliable http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSys...

Note in those Wikimedia statistics Linux mint is on 12.5 Million requests, where as Ubuntu's are 990 Million.

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Exactly
by shotsman on Tue 17th Jul 2012 16:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice but..."
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2005-07-22

I admin 30+ Linux servers plus 200+ VM's. None of them even have a browser installed let alone go out onto the internet. In fact, none of them can as their access out to the internet is block by three firewalls.

I know that I'm not alone here.

None of these systems has ever seen a .deb file. They are all RHEL or CentOS. They work. no fuss, no bother. Day in, day out they do the job they were built for.
I can deploy another VM inside 20 minutes. All updates are applied from a local repository.

Where do these appear on any of the stat counter systems? Nowhere.

Statistics, statistics and damm lies.

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