[sf-lug] Ubuntu vs. Mandriva

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Sat Apr 26 19:42:14 PDT 2008

If ease of use and the 'it just works' (often attributed to Mac OS)
philosophy appeals to you, I would recommend Ubuntu.  I have not use
Mandriva proper...I tried out Mandrake a long time ago and didn't like it
much, but Linux in general was not so refined (at the desktop level.)
Needless to say Linux has come a long way since then, particularly for
desktop use, and I think most desktop leaning distributions like Ubuntu,
Suse, Fedora, etc, are all pretty even in functionality and polish.  I
prefer Ubuntu, but I will also say that Fedora and Suse are excellent
distros.  I was rather impressed with PCBSD as a matter of fact (I saw it in
action at LUGRADIO2008) and I even downloaded it and have been playing with
it intermittently.  OpenSolaris still has a way to go, but it seemed to work
fine on a desktop PC I was tinkering with at work.  The other reason I love
Ubuntu so much is because of the large effort they have taken towards
education (like Edubuntu.)  Education (and I mean true education not the
business it has morphed into today) is the most important thing in the world
to me, and I believe it will ultimately result in the righting of so much
that is wrong in the world today.  Any company that takes such an active
role in educating children (or anyone for that matter) and does it in a way
that promotes freedom in every form is at the top of my list.


On Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 3:39 PM, Paul Ward <dssstrkl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've used one flavor of Linux or another since 1998, when I got
> introduced to Mandrake 2 or 3. Since it was light years better than my
> mac, I ditched it for a Linux box that later dual-booted win2k. I used
> that combo until 2002 when I got a PowerBook and have been using Macs
> full time since then. The old Linux box ran ubuntu until it died a
> couple of years ago. Since then, I've played with various distros in
> VMs, but I want to build a new machine, to use as a file/media server.
> I'm familiar with Unix CLI stuff, rolled my own Apache server, but
> have been out of the Linux game for a while.
> Paul Ward
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Apr 26, 2008, at 1:40 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> > Quoting Paul Ward (dssstrkl at gmail.com):
> >
> >> I'm sure this comes up every once in a while, and I'm definately not
> >> trying to start a distro war, but are there any significant
> >> differences between the current (k)ubuntu and Mandriva releases?
> >
> > Yes.  There are some quite significant underlying differences.
> >
> > If you don't mind the question, how much background do you already
> > have
> > on that subject, and on Linux generally?
> >
> >
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Ernest de Leon

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