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Ubuntu Linux: Free and Fabulous

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"I'm going to just come right out and say it: I absolutely adore Ubuntu Linux 5.04 (the "Hoary Hedgehog" release, often referred to as "Hoary"). I'm now running Ubuntu on both my laptop and my desktop PCs, and I don't think I've ever been such a happy Linux user."

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I think I need a pill...

It would appear that the (k)Ubuntu bandwagon has been retro-fitted with rockets. For the life of me I cannot figure out why. Before I say any more, my hat is off to Mark Shuttleworth for the money and exposure he is pouring into Linux. This is exactly the activity we need, however the actual distribution "ain't all that"....least from what I can see. I installed Kubuntu on my 12 year old daughters computer and I have to say it is crisp and pretty, but the gyrations one must perform to get it working properly are too many for the new user. The New User is what it is all about folks...and I will say it over and over. For those who are following it, There is a blog that is now featuring an "average" user discovering Linux. She has tested 4 out 5 distros and will announce a winner at the end of the experiment. Visit to catch up on the progress of this testing. Until Linux begins developing for my mom or sister, both terribly lacking in computer skills, Linux will not become a main player on the desktop. Sometimes given the attitudes of a few developers I've met, I think this is being done on purpose. I hate to think that way, but it isn't passing the smell test. (K)Ubuntu is a fine effort for those who are comfortable with Linux but for the's a frustrating experience.


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