Linux Magazine Criticizes Karmic
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Sat Nov 7 02:05:57 GMT 2009
"Samuel Thurston, III" <sam.thurston at gmail.com> writes:
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:01 PM, Florian Diesch <diesch at spamfence.net> wrote:
>> Michael Haney <thezorch at gmail.com> writes:
>>> I read a Linux Magazine article @
>>> http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7600/1.html called "Hey Ubuntu, Stop
>>> Making Linux Look Bad". Has anyone else seen this article? I've
>>> heard through other sources that Karmic has a lot of technical issues,
>>> most new Ubuntu releases do have a few, but nothing on this scale.
>>> Also, I've noticed the number of emails on the Ubuntu Support list
>>> have doubled recently.
>>> What do you think? Lets share out thoughts on this.
>> In <http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1316155> aysiu compares
>> forum polls about the last five releases and concludes:
>> "So actually if you do take these polls at face value, they show Karmic
>> to be the best (at least out of the last five) Ubuntu release, not the
> That's funny since his first two sentances are "Everyone knows polls
> have flaws. That doesn't mean they're totally useless, but they can't
> just be taken at face value."
To goal is to compare different versions of Ubuntu, not to get absolute
numbers. And I think it would be at least surprising if 9.10 was the
worst release so far but the polls show it as the one with the least
> He says you have to look at the polls in context. Here's a context
> for you. For new installations, on a self-selected survey (meaning
> people who obviously got involved on the forums rather than just
> giving up in frustration)
In a support forum I'd expect to find more people with problems they can't
solve themselves than people who don't have any problem.
> there is only a 28% success rate, and that presumably includes some
> experienced users coming in from previous releases. That's abysmal.
Well, if you want to take the raw numbers serious:
That's about 58% of the people who did a new install. Updating worked
for about 46% of those who tried it.
About 66% of all did successfully get 9.10 (either by a new install or
> Less than a third of people trying Ubuntu
> for the first time are able to successfully install it?
No. 100% are all the answers, not all the people who tried a new install.
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