Analysis: Will Ubuntu Take Windows 7 In Speed War?
Jan 18, 2010, 20:03 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The Ubuntu development community spent much of the last year
losing a lot of momentum, as Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) gave birth to
its Windows 7 operating system and its latest releases of the Linux
OS failed to overly impress. It was bound to happen. After several
solid years against the Windows platform, while the marketplace ate
up and spit out Windows Vista in a fit of disgust, Microsoft
finally began drawing a good amount of praise with Windows 7.
"Meanwhile, some users began criticizing last year's Ubuntu
release, version 9.10 "Karmic Koala," and took issue with items
ranging from compatibility with flash-based Web sites like Facebook
and Hulu, to boot time.
"But among the many differences between Microsoft and the Ubuntu
community is speed. While it took more than three (painful) years
between the launch of Windows Vista and the launch of Windows 7,
the Ubuntu folks are already in full stride toward the next desktop
release of the Linux-based desktop OS, version 10.04 -- code-named
"Lucid Lynx." (A Lynx is a breed of quick, flexible wildcat.) Lynx,
due for launch in April, is known as an "LTS" release (for
long-term stable.) We examined its Alpha version 1, which is still
pretty much a rough cut, to try to get some sense of what's to