Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2006 22:21 UTC, submitted by egan
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva's CEO got interviewed for the Mandriva club. "Right now, the new 'in thing' is Ubuntu. Of course, the situation is a bit different in this case: one person, with a quasi infinite check book is behind the operation. So they can give the system away and spend whatever is needed. Is this the right way for the open source eco-system? I find it hard to believe. One possible worse case scenario is that Ubuntu's plan is to use money to put all other community-based distros out of business and then start monetizing the installed base. If this were the case, they are doing the easy part: increasing their market share by giving away the product. We have found that the second part is a tad more difficult."
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Mandrake and Ubuntu
by porcel on Fri 10th Feb 2006 23:39 UTC
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While I personally find Ubuntu's lack of a decent installer or configuration tools is damaging many new user's perception of linux desktop usability, I believe the market will sort this out. Either Ubuntu will improve, which it has steadily done, and become useful or it will eventually fade like any other fad that has come and gone.

The trouble is that in the interim, while the market sorts itself out, Mandrake and other for-profit outfits are going to have to try much harder just to stay afloat.

I think Mandrake took too long to do the right thing, but eventually has gotten a few clues:

*They now do only yearly releases.

*They finally got around to creating a decent web site.

*And their releases are focusing on what matters: maintaniblity, security, quality.

Unfortunately, their Club puts off many people who would otherwise might become Mandrake users.

Ultimately, each distribution brings something to the table and it is high time that distributions and their fans put their differences aside as divisiveness only benefits proprietary software companies.

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RE: Mandrake and Ubuntu
by antwarrior on Sat 11th Feb 2006 21:29 in reply to "Mandrake and Ubuntu"
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Okay I preface my comment with this : I don't use Windows at home. I have not used it since late 90s except for when I've had to.

That said I can now talk about the installer. Please correct me if I am wrong. Isn't the windows installer text based ? Well for the first few stages. You get asked the question of whether you want to (R)epair , Install etc from a text based interface and then it begins the install or repair. It does all the hardware detection at the beginning just as the Ubuntu Installer does.

So I don't see how the installer is THAT BAD. I can see it's weakness in comparison to the windows Installer.
for example, you have too many dialogs at the beginning ,where as windows doesn't ask you about your keyboard, or language etc. Some might argue that is a strength , i don't know.

My point is that, therre is that great a difference (now) with the windows installer and the text based type installers.

please correct... i know I have made some errors as I am NOT a user of Windows :-)

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