Ubuntu is under attack

Cefiar cef at optus.net
Mon Dec 19 04:04:31 GMT 2005

Only replied to on sounder, because I'm not subscribed to the other lists, and 
I don't really care to enter too heavily into the debate.

On Monday 19 December 2005 14:42, Eric Dunbar wrote:
> Enough people have waded into the morass that is this thread to
> explain to you (and others) that one of the driving ideas behind
> Ubuntu's distribution model is to keep the main OS installer to ONE
> CD. As such, Canonical has to eliminate apps/services which are used
> by a minority of users and keep/include the ones that tend to be used
> by more people. It'd be interesting to know where the "popularity
> contest" software stands on the argument for or against including such
> extraneous services as mail servers.

Personally if I want a mail server it's either because:
 1. I'm running a custom config on my desktop, so installing isn't an issue 
and I'll want to customise it myself.
 2. I'm running a server, in which case I'll use Ubuntu Server as I don't want 
other stuff (like say, a GUI) installed on the machine.

> What I'd like to know is _why_ did Apple switch to i86. There have
> been so many pontifications on the subject (and, official
> pronouncements from Apple), but, none have sounded completely
> convincing -- is Apple setting itself up to compete with software or
> is there something else at play?

IMPO (P = Personal), it's a way to reduce the cost of the machines. They're 
still going to be locked to Apple hardware, they're just trying to reduce the 
cost. Wether Apple pockets this difference (I consider this more likely), or 
passes on the savings to customers is, of course, yet to be seen.

 Stuart Young - aka Cefiar - cef at optus.net

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