Newbie query: Ubuntu vs openSUSE

Rameshwar Kr. Sharma mathsrealworld at
Sat Dec 24 19:08:57 UTC 2011

On Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:

> Pardon the untrimmed quote & brevity; answering on my phone.

> I last tried Debian 6 & before that Debian 5. I think I've tried every
> version since 2 on a variety of hardware.

> It is much better than it was, but the problem is that techie people forget
> how much they know compared to non-techies.

And perhaps, that's why, Ubuntu was discovered!

> You still must choose server or desktop, partition your disc, pick a desktop
> environment, choose supplementary tools, find & instal your own proprietary
> drivers, replace Gnash with the actual Flash player, etc.

> It's come a long way but it's still not beginner-ready, nor is it trying to
> be.

> I've also tried 2 other Debian meta-distributions, Crunchbang & Linux Mint
> Debian Edition. LMDE is all right; #! I could not even get to instal on real
> hardware, using an elderly laptop that is the exact target of this
> lightweight distro.

> It is easy to underestimate the amount of polishing & improvement Ubuntu has
> done.

And you (perhaps) truly told earlier that - Ubuntu is a polished
Debian, at least for a home user.

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