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Ubuntu Hardy Heron: Beyond the Hype and into the Dilemma

May 05, 2008, 00:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Stephen King once observed that the first review of his books was important because later ones often borrowed its opinions. Who did the first review of Ubuntu 8.04--better known as Hardy Heron--is debatable, but something of the same consensus seems to have hit tech journalists, with the majority proclaiming that the release shows that GNU/Linux has finally producer a challenger to Windows.

"However, to the veteran user, such claims must seem exaggerated, no matter how well meaning. Nor are they nearly as interesting as Ubuntu's effort to walk between the extremes of free software purity and proprietary ease-of-use. This last effort is one that all distributions must face sooner or later, but it is particularly interesting in Ubuntu's case because of its position as the best-known (and almost certainly the most widely used) distro..."

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