What makes Ubuntu so popular and on the rise

paul cooke paul.cooke100 at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Apr 24 17:38:34 UTC 2006

On Monday 24 April 2006 07:22, OOzy Pal wrote:
> Dears,
> I was surprised when people stared to recommend Ubuntu to me. I was like:
> "hmmmm, Ubuntu!!!!! what is Ubuntu???"
> Even though, I was using Mandrake (Mandriva) but I heard about SuSE,
> Red Hat, Fedora, Slackware and Caledra.
> I have no intention behind this question so please don't misunderstand
> me. It is just pure curiosity. Moreover, I am planning to switch from
> Mandriva to Ubuntu and I would like to see the side the people are
> seeing in Ubuntu which I am not.

It's basically Debian, but if you stick with just the released versions of 
Ubuntu, your software versions are only 6-8 months at most behind the current 
bleeding edge and you don't have to risk using Debian testing or Unstable to 
get the more recent stuff.

I've suffered RPM hell with both Suse and Mandrake... and have really gotten 
to appreciate Debian's .deb format and Apt for software management. 

I have a soft spot for Mandrake as it was 7.0 that got me into Linux (I was 
able to run it without having to risk partitioning my drive, at the time 
(1999) a very risky procedure for newbies)

> --
> OOzy

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