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Comment of the Day - December 8, 2005 - Why I choose Ubuntu
gardion writes: Well here is why I choose ubuntu. Some of these things Mepis may have but it is the combination of these things that really impressed me with Ubuntu.
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[And here they are:]
1. The desktop is really clean. No icons on it no "junk"
2. Really integrated with the gnome and debian system. (or kde and debian for kubuntu)
Instead of reinvinting the wheel they have tried to use existing gnome
configuration tools and the debian system rather than comming up with
new stuff. They have added a few extra tools but only where there was
not a good one already in the gnome desktop. They prefer integrating
there stuff directly into gnome and debian rather than having their own
3. It's free and they don't make you feel guilty about not giving them
money. When you give something out for free (with out making people
feel guilty) people feel like they need to give something back hence a
strong community or configuration improvements.
4. Focused on the desktop. Many distributions claim they are desktop
focused but they tend to get things about 90-95% there before moving
onto new things. Ubuntu seems to work on making things work slightly
better (fixing things) with each itteration (on the desktop) rather
than adding too many new things which fix some things and break others.
5. Smart simple collection of applications installed. Ubuntu has
choosen the most popular applications and included them on the desktop.
They've also picked one application per task rather than having many.
6. Uptodate stable systems. Ubuntu releases the latest applications
with their release. This is quite important with gnome (and kde) since
there are desktop improvements with each new release.
7. Gather feedback. Ubuntu allows you to submit your hardware data to
their database letting them know what works and what doesn't. Therefore
they can get more hardware to work with each release. Also they are
8. Strong leadership. While it's great that Mark ShuttleWorth has given
a lot of money to support the Ubuntu project which has deffinately
helped, I think his leadership has been even more useful. I think he is
a good leader and knows how to keep the project on track and encourage
participation. He seems to start out small then add things rather than
take away things as some distros seem to do (ie redhat)
9. Encourages participation. Right from the start Ubuntu has worked on
making it easy for people to contribute. Not only that many of those
improvements find themselves included in some way in the next release.
10. Good support community (although I haven't had to use it that much so this hasn't been a big thing for me).
11. Excellent hardware support. (I'm sure mepis has this as well but I've had some problems)
12. Fits on one CD.
Well, that's the reasons I can think of at the top of my head. I know
Mepis has some of these advantages (11 and 12 but not 1-9 in my
experience) and also has some ubuntu does not: A better installer and
automatically loads a lot of useful plugins and media codecs.
Personally I don't care about the CD's being shipped since I download
distributions but that probably helps as well. Just so you know I
started off with KDE since I liked the desktop more but after using
Ubuntu I happily switched to gnome. I don't know what Kubuntu is
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