The Beauty Of Ubuntu Linux
Phoronix: The Beauty Of Ubuntu Linux
This past weekend my uncle had computer problems again, yes the one that was ripped off by the geek squad before. He knew I was in town just for a party and going back. He did not want to tell me that his computer was messed up again but I knew it after looking at his face. I said I would stop by and fix it. I only had a couple of hours to spare and was expecting the usual virus or spy-ware to be slowing it down but when I got there it was a lot worse than that. His wife, who is the primary user of the computer, loves to download (caunta porqueria se encuentra). I had to say it in Spanish because it has more meaning, but it loosely translates to every little dirty thing that she can find on the net. From every disc cleaner to the almighty registry sweeper, she had downloaded things I had never even seen before.
I've been using ubuntu for 2 years now.... and loving it...
Well I've tried several different distro's debian based, mepis, k/x/ubuntu, Free/Linspire, debian - Gentoo based: Gentoo (of course), Sabayon (very nice) - RPM based: Redhat/Fedora, OpenSuse - Almost unix: Slackware.
Now through most of my experience I learned a few things, slackware/gentoo is crazy solid, slackware you need to basically build everything it really gives you a basic install but excellent for dedicated stuff like NAS/Web/Mail/FS.... Gentoo is the snapiest of all but if your just the most jet powered propeller head would you subject your self to gentooism. Now no crazy flames please I really like gentoo but the compiling is what kills me. This is not a desktop OS, although Sabayon does do a good job of having almost everything off the bat but still it takes for ever for the updates to be installed.
Now onto RPM based distro's, they are very good as well, as one person mentioned that they had problems with updating. This is probably the most critical thing that any OS competing with windows needs to have. The problems I always had was that the repositories didn't have all the dependencies required for the front ends they had on their server... now that is just plain stupid. Why would you have a front end if you don't have the back end.... no brainer. But overall there are some interesting tools offered by the two major RPM based distro's, yast is one of my favorite management tools but it isn't enough to make me switch from ubuntu.
Onto Debian based distro's. Well I find any debian based distro is best suited for daily tasks such as updates and installation... sorry I have to say it ... except Free/LinSpire, they have that stupid click and run crap.... BAH!!!!..... Anyway Mepis is a great debian based distro, it has many useful tools and is "compatible" with ubuntu and debian repositories but it's kinda like the bastard child of both. I found it was hard to find resolutions to specifics since it had crossed kernels and packages making it hard to find which base for resolution to look for... sarge-edgy (at the time) ...
Now I stick with ubuntu since it is a version that is actually back by a major vendor ... gah!!! man I hate saying this.... grumble grumble... Dell!!! ok I said it happy now ;)... What I like about ubuntu is that there is actually a real company behind it, they have regular revisions of the distro (every 6 months) and they even have the concept of LTS which is something really needed in linux. Ubuntu also has a huge base of support (forums, howto's, ...) which is really needed. There are many wonderful people who make beautiful tools like envy, automatix, and a few other's out there I'm sure. I actually was excited for the first time in 7 years about a OS release and it was Gutsy Gibbon. The last time was Windows 2K.
I've been able to do many thing with ubuntu so I don't see why I need to change, oh btw if your wondering gaming is possible on linux maybe not in the scale that people would like but I've been able to get things running that were not "listed" on WineDB so many things are possible. And you can at lease say one thing is for sure about ubuntu it has bling, Compiz Fusion.... yes yes bling is no reason to buy a system but Mac seems to have done well for it's self hasn't it ;)
Vista could learn a few things from compiz ... like what 3D really means.... hahaha just had too sorry any ms lovers out there Vista has nothing on compiz.