"Ubuntu is the Linux media darling of the moment. Mark
Shuttleworth, dot-com millionaire, space tourist, philanthropist
and Open Source evangelist seems to have hit the right keys in
terms of promoting Ubuntu. At Distrowatch.com, Ubuntu has been the
most popular distribution for 12 months, an eternity in this
business. It gets 1000 hits more daily than any other. On the other
hand, OpenLab, South Africa's other representative in the Linux
distribution list, ranks in at 64 in this past month's polling. Is
the difference in rank just a result of Ubuntu's professional PR?
Not entirely. Ubuntu is professional in all ways. With a big budget
provided by Shuttleworth, it is an attempt to bring Debian, the
most carefully crafted Linux distribution, to the masses. And it
has been extremely successful. And what about bringing the second
most carefully crafted and venerable Linux distribution, Slackware,
to the masses? You have a whole-hearted attempt to do this with
OpenLab, sans the astronaut's deep pockets..."