A Brave New World for Linux Newbies
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes over at ZDNet seems to have insighted a small firestorm of debate on a recent post “Is Ubuntu becoming the generic Linux distro?”
Interestingly the source of contention does not seem to lay amongst the different Linux distros. Almost certainly these disagreements will exist, however in this context the debate is between users of Linux and users of proprietary operating systems such as Mac and Windows; and there’s some pretty ugly comments showing up. That said, it’s not my point here.
Historically to most non-Linux users, Linux has been seen as the pinnacle of geekdom, reserved solely for the likes of programmers and hackers.
What Ubuntu has done, both in its tagline “Linux for Human Beings”, and the solid user-friendly distro that accompanies it, is to enable free software and open source programs to spread more freely and easily outside the boundaries of the initiated by presenting a more palatable and tangible user experience of the sort that users of widespread proprietary software are accustomed to.