The loss that never was
It is reassuring to see that SUSE, which we of course boycott, is still playing second fiddle to GNU/Linux distributions such as Kubuntu. Here is a direct, hands-on, side-by-side comparison.
Well, seems like Kubuntu is the clear winner for professional users and also for enthusiasts. For beginners there is a draw. So I would recommend to use the distribution that is used by a friend who is willing to help you with your first step. From the results it seems like a beginner cannot do much wrong.
Another new comparison comes from CRN. It leaves the pricey (now Microsoft tax-tainted) distributions which know as Linspire and Xandros well behind Ubuntu Linux. Here is the article.
But, clearly, Ubuntu shined. It has earned the right to play in the championship round of The World Series of Linux. The next round will determine its opponent, as the RPM Round pits SLED 10, Fedora 7 and PCLinuxOS to compete to pick the best out of those distributions.
The two major distributions, Ubuntu on the desktop and Red Hat on the server are likely to continue to thrive. Here is the latest good analysis, which excludes some important players like Mandriva.
What are Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical going to have to do in the next 52 weeks to in order to dominate the desktop and server Linux market?
Ubuntu is approaching the servers market at the moment. It recently signed a major deal with Dell. Red Hat will release its desktop product next month. This product’s availability has fallen 4 or 5 months behind schedule due to Microsoft patents and extortion attempts. As for Novell, wait and watch how it lies about its 'successes' tomorrow.
It would be most unfortunate if Microsoft ever managed to snatch a deal with Red Hat or Ubuntu. Novell was no trophy, and it dug its own grave for some quick cash. █
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