Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2005 09:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "When looking at desktop Linux by itself, any analysis of the subject quickly leads to this question: why do users choose one version over another? There are as many answers for this question as there are users to give them, but ultimately it should boil down to just a few key decisions which must be made. Considering this, it may be surprising to some people to find out how successful Ubuntu Linux has been relative to other distributions."
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Easy - it's about "hype"
by OMRebel on Wed 7th Dec 2005 16:28 UTC
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2005-11-14

It's got the most hype due to marketing, but there's really nothing special about Ubuntu.

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RE: Easy - it's about "hype"
by on Wed 7th Dec 2005 17:32 in reply to "Easy - it's about "hype""
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What hype? What marketing? Have you ever seen an Ubuntu ad when you go to Linux sites? Have you seen promotions for Ubuntu being run by Connonical? No. It's all from word of mouth. From users that are happy with it and tell other people, write favorable reviews and make websites about it.

ubuntuforums.org and ubuntuguide.org were both started by ordinary users, not the Ubuntu people.

Even the free cds would not be a success if it weren't for word of mouth.

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OMRebel Member since:
2005-11-14

"What hype?" The hype is referring to all of the "fanboys" that are going nuts over it, via "word of mouth". Not to mention article after article being written about Ubuntu/KUbuntu.

"What marketing?" Do you not consider giving away free CD's marketing? That is marketing, and it really is good marketing. I've got a couple and given a few away to people.

However, I stand by my statement that there is not anything special about the distro. Personally, it wouldn't install on two of my machines (1 desktop and 1 laptop). The Live CD ran fine, but the install died on both for some reason. Ubuntu and Linspire are the only two that refused to install on my laptop, whereas, Ubuntu is the only one that would not install on my desktop. I've tried Mandriva, Fedora Core, Suse, Knoppix (would have figured Ubuntu would have installed fine because both are Debian based, are they not?), Linspire, and Slackware, and all installed fine on my desktop. Suse is my distro of choice, simply because it is the most polished, and has the best hardware detection (in my experience).

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RE[2]: Easy - it's about "hype"
by on Thu 8th Dec 2005 12:23 in reply to "RE: Easy - it's about "hype""
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"What hype? What marketing? Have you ever seen an Ubuntu ad when you go to Linux sites? Have you seen promotions for Ubuntu being run by Connonical? No. It's all from word of mouth. From users that are happy with it and tell other people, write favorable reviews and make websites about it. "

Canonical actually bought up quite a few distributions silently and generated hype by having a marketing team write reviews which appeared grass root.

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