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Spinning off from Ubuntu

May 31, 2010, 19:03 (2 Talkback[s])

"Ubuntu is probably the best known desktop GNU/Linux distribution at street level, picking up new users by word of mouth and astute viral marketing. So much so that for many users new to Linux, Ubuntu has become synonymous with Linux. Linux is Ubuntu; and Ubuntu is Linux. But Linux and free software come in many different flavours, and the adventurous user goes in search of wider options, other distributions and new desktops.

"Ubuntu is easy to install, easy to update, and easy to manage, which makes it attractive to first time users and long term Linux enthusiasts alike. It has a regular six-monthly upgrade cycle, which makes it easy to keep up with the latest and greatest with the minimum of fuss, but also has drawbacks in the form of occasional reliability issues.

"Ubuntu plays nicely with the new user who has come over from Windows or the Mac armed with curiosity and a sense of adventure, boasts better hardware support than many GNU/Linux distributions (at least for the peripherals and proprietary wireless drivers that are the bane of many users) and has a willing and thriving user and developer community that can provide answers to the majority of queries."

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