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Dapper Drake verdict: It sucks

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Loyal Tectonic readers will no doubt have picked up that Tectonic is an ardent Ubuntu supporter. It's what the Tectonic team uses to produce our online publication -- and much of the print publication too. Between Alastair Otter and I, we run six Ubuntu machines.

It's not just that Ubuntu was created by South African Mark Shuttleworth -- it's that it is just such a darn good distribution. Things work, usually with minimal effort. Getting new applications is a breeze with Synaptic and Apt. Default configurations are well thought-out and work on most machines 99% of the time. The community is huge, which means amazing support and resources at our disposal. I was certainly a happy and enthusiastic Ubuntu supporter ... until Dapper Drake was released.

That's why it's so hard to say it: Dapper Drake stinks. Compared to its predecessors, it is a poor release with critical flaws that will make its entry into the corporate world difficult at best.

Let's start at the beginning of the sad saga.

Full Story.

Kubuntu in Schools?

Hmmmm...I was considering Kubuntu for a high school computer lab (still leaning toward PCLinuxOS, but testing other distros)--did not know about the Samba issue.

In a high school, you absolutely need a smooth and reliable working Samba, both as a client, and on the server side. On our school network, we have Win XP workstations, Linux workstations and servers, Mac OS X workstations, and Novell Netware servers. The prerequisite is that the Linux distro has the software/utilities/drivers to talk to all these machines/platforms, particularly Samba.

Looks like Kubuntu may not be for us...have to investigate this furthur.

My problem with

My problem with kubuntu/ubuntu was that they provided only security updates. They provided extremely little bug fixes after each release and that's bad.
Plus the sudo mechanism that is forced on you in kubuntu/ubuntu is really bad. It eliminates the element of choice.

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