Ubuntu and derivatives (Re: Ubuntu.com Download Page)

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Fri Jan 25 22:38:41 UTC 2013


Ubuntu.com is an element of Canonical marketing.  Don't be confused into 
thinking it's more than that.

Scott K

On Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:32:44 AM Vesa Paatero wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> Thanks for you message, Volkan. I also noticed at some point that the
> Ubuntu website says surprisingly little about the variants, even the
> officially supported variants. I have an Edubuntu installation since
> 2007 and I'd appreciate better information as a basis for
> decision-making between Ubuntu and Edubuntu and other variants.
> 
> It seems that there is some information about the interrelationship of
> variants (or derivatives) but it is not easy to find. Dmitrijs already
> brought up the link
> http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/derivatives and I like how
> the page
> 
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DerivativeTeam/Derivatives
> 
> presents a classification for the variants: "Official editions",
> "Recognized flavors", "Customizations"... with a few words about what
> each class is about.
> 
> Whereas the owner(s) of Ubuntu are doing well in allowing the
> derivatives/variants to coexist peacefully with Ubuntu, it seems that
> they prefer to keep ubuntu.com the home page of exactly Ubuntu rather
> than an umbrella for the whole family of derivatives.
> 
> In theory, someone could make e.g. a wiki-styled documentation site
> about the essential differences between derivatives, such as what you
> can and what you can't install in a given derivative compared to the
> main line of development (Ubuntu), but the challenge comes from how
> swiftly these things change from release to release. And I'd guess that
> most applications can be installed to any derivative, the difference
> between derivatives being more about what is installed by default.
> 
> Vesa
> 
> 25.01.2013 16:34, Volkan Gezer wrote:
> > I think most people don't know that Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Xubuntu
> > versions are officially supported by Ubuntu.
> > 
> > I highly suggest you telling in download page something like that:
> > 
> > 
> > "Ubuntu is using Unity desktop environment.
> > 
> > We also have official distributions for KDE, XCFE .... environments
> > too..."
> > 
> > to give a link to other official Ubuntu distros. You can also add a
> > page which users can reach in one click to these distributions and
> > comparison.
> > 
> > -Volkan




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