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Ubuntu - Why it is.

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There's a critique of my recent posts on Ubuntu over on adamw's blog titled "What is it?".

I know that most, if not all, the distributions can get similar tasks done. In fact, that distributed HLA-based simulation I just mentioned was ported from Solaris 8 to RHEL 4, a task I helped to start up before I left (2004). Some really sharp engineers finished it after I'd left, and it was successful. It was successful not just because the engineers were very sharp, but also because RHEL, and more specifically the 2.6 kernel, had matured to the point that it supplied the same OS features and functionality that Solaris provides and the application used extensively. If we'd tried that effort on an early version of the 2.6 kernel or 2.4, it would have failed.

One man's substance is another man's fluff, so I'll concede the point. Remember, however, that this is just a personal blog. If you want real reviews heaven only knows there's plenty of "harder hitting" reviews to choose from. I can't compete with them, and I don't even try. What I do comment on are my personal experiences and what strikes my fancy.

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