Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2006 17:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of Thawte, the first certification authority to sell public SSL certificates. After selling Thawte to Verisign, Mark moved on to training as an astronaut in Russia and visiting space. Once he got back he founded Ubuntu, the leading GNU/Linux distribution. He agreed on releasing a quick interview to Free Software Magazine." One of the more interesting quotes: "With Ubuntu, it's still too early to say we've been successful. My personal goal is to make the distro sustainable - then there will be a team that pays its own way and can focus on producing the best free software desktop on the planet without my interference!"
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2006-02-20

I think ubuntu needs to hit Mepis's level of ease before it can take on microsoft. I'm especially talking about installing the propreitary crap and making it much more accessible. This guy is competing as practically a one man operation(on the back of debian of course). I personally don't use Mepis but I've seen what it does. It does what the common user wants.

The proprietary stuff is against Ubuntu's policy. Which I strongly agree with. I don't need that crap. But a distro to compete with windows will need the structure and marketing force of Ubuntu and the dirty touch Mepis.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

To easily add proprietary stuff to Ubuntu:

http://easyubuntu.freecontrib.org/

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abhaysahai Member since:
2005-10-20

Autumatix --
It even installs Firefox 1.5. I have it.
That apart
Though I feel that due to the lage number of Linux distributions present, no single distro would become a sole representation of Linux and eventually pose a big threat to MS. All major distributions have mutually incompatible packages, well we can install rpm in debian, but still it is not recommended. Some other prominent formats like tar.gz (slackware and Arch) are totally incompatible with Debian (including Ubuntu & Mepis) and rpm based ( Fedora,SUSE, Mandriva etc).
Also users of each distribution like their own format ( Is is easy to convince a gentoo fan to use Mepis ? ).
Compare this with Windows were MS is the only player. All the programs made for windows have a single install and run mechanism, and they all do their assigned task, very little configuration is required.

No doubt Ubuntu is good and newbie-freindly, but to say the Ubuntu will reach a level where windows is and that MarK S will be the next Mr. Gates is a little too much.
Lets just stick to our short term goals and make linux as usable as possible and indeed Ubuntu is a good effort in that direction.

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Terracotta Member since:
2005-08-15

Like archiesteel said: easyubuntu is the thing they need: it takes the user to click the action, and after that it just installs, no legal problems for shuttleworth, and the end-user is easier/better off than with windows.

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