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Linux Comparison: Introduction and Ubuntu

Dec 04, 2008, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Hopson)

"Starting with Ubuntu at the end of October, what I consider to be the three biggest Linux distributions have released, or will soon be releasing, the latest versions of their operating systems - Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10 and openSUSE 11.1.

"Over the next few days, I am going to install and review the GNOME versions of each of these distributions on my ageing Pentium 4 machine, in a dual-boot configuration alongside Windows XP. Sure it doesn't have a lot of power, but one of the things that is always said about Linux is it's ability to run on older hardware. So we'll see just how well it does.

"Ubuntu has come a long way since I first started using it. When I first used it, codecs were hard to find, video drivers difficult to install, and desktop effects were not built-in. I remember spending quite a bit of time in the command prompt as well, trying to fix various issues. In short, while Ubuntu was the easiest distribution, it was far from being as easy as Windows. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, and Ubuntu is better for it."

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