Ubuntu rights and wrongs.
In fact I was being a devil's advocate.
Originally Posted by deanjo
Ubuntu is big so it tends to attract criticism some fair but not all.
I was addressing my points to an hypothetical new user of Linux.
The 'ugly font' part is an almost verbatim citation of a comment I saw on Ars Technica's review of Gnome 3.
They used Fedora and so when I looked at their screenshots I realized the author didn't touch the default freetype hence 'ugly fonts'.
And that's my point a 'newbie' cannot know how to solve a problem he doesn't even realize he has (blaming 'stupid Linux' for the fonts).
Secondly I also talk from personal experience. When I used openSUSE I tended to use 'factory' and it was faster for me to rebuild freetype than to lose time looking for the correct 'freetype-lcd' which anyway would be broken by the regular 'freetype' on the next update.
I know that you can block certain packages from being updated but then you're exposed to potential dependency problems.
Then for Fedora you have http://www.infinality.net/blog/subpi...-for-freetype/ which is quite an interesting blog .Not only do they have RPMs for freetype with a custom patch set ( with a modified true type hinter among other things) but they also provide
enhanced fontconfig rules .
None the less it remains that font display is an incredibly complex topic.
I highly recommend this paper : https://freddie.witherden.org/pages/font-rasterisation/ it's a really interesting read for people with an interest on the subject.
I do love zypper.
Like I said in my original post I think that openSUSE has the best package manager on KDE (YaST2-qt powered by libzypp).
Ironically zypper was one of the reasons I switched to Ubuntu because at the time it was really slow.
Differential updates hadn't been implemented yet and zypper would download each package and then install it whereas apt-get would download everything at once and then proceed with the installation phase which is much faster.
As for the openSUSE Build Service you're right I was a bit unfair because it's a really good service ( in truth I hadn't checked it out in a long time).
And Fedora has third parties repositories like RPM Fusion.
The bottom line is this: Linux progressed by leaps and bounds since 2003 and it would be unfair not to acknowledge the role Ubuntu played in this.
They are not as bleeding edge as Fedora Rawhide and not as focused on KDE as openSUSE but they try to put their focus where it counts : on their users even if it backfires sometimes ( Unity? Ugly paperwall? Window decorations that used to be brown/orange?) and they have an insane mind share.
I for one am glad that we have some many choices among high quality distributions thanks to a community that is at the same time collaborative and competitive.