Subject: Re: WARTY review

Bryan Pizzuti bpizzuti at
Sat Nov 6 10:49:32 UTC 2004

You know, I tried installing MEPIS once, while I was playing with LiveCD
distros. Figured it'd be REALLY handy, since it combines a demo liveCD, PLUS
a nice easy to use installable OS.  Some of my clients would love that.

Except every time I tried installing it onto a VMWare test setup, it would
get a kernel panic trying to mount the root partition. Oops. :D 

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of
cyberbot at
Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 5:42 AM
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: Subject: Re: WARTY review

I have read some of the negative reviews of Ubuntu, and from what I gather
people are basing these reviews on ease of use and packages that are
pre-installed which gives the average computer user everything they need
right off the bat including all the necessary apps and other things like
multimedia support. 

Take for instance one review I read which mentions the fact that many Linux
distros are striving to get new users to migrate over from Winblows, however
sometimes the distros do not make that transition as easy as it may seem. 

This particular review mentions MEPIS which is basically a one man distro
and the fact that once MEPIS is installed or even if it is run off the live
CD you immediately have multimedia support with things like Java, Real
Player, Flash, and support for mp3, etc. pre-installed and right there ready
to use along with every application the average user coming from Winblows
would need. 

However on the other hand it was mentioned that with Ubuntu the user has to
find and install many or all of these packages themselves. For new Linux
users, especially people coming from Winblows this is going to be quite a
task and it is going to turn them off to Linux very quickly. Can you imagine
a completely new Linux user trying to install Java? :o 

Is there no way to include these things in Ubuntu? If so it would make the
transition for prospective new Linux users a much, much easier pill to

Anyway, that is the gist I get from several of the reviews I've read. :/ 

There were also numerous links to articles about MEPIS including this
glowing one at 




ubuntu-users mailing list
ubuntu-users at

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list