The real surprise – It’s running on 8 year old hardware. With full transparency, I couldn’t be happier. PCLinux is working out great on my old PC. (I would have used Ubuntu, but only 6.06 works, the other versions crash) I needed Linux of some type becaue I have been stuck using XP for school. There are all my favorite application available, and with over 100 preinstalled, I have all the applications I needed. The installation was much easier this time around, now that I knew what I was doing. I also installed KOffice, since OpenOffice was missing some fonts.
One thing, however, caught my eye today on the main PCLinuxOS site. The PCLinuxOS Magazine had an article saying that Ubuntu’s hype is misleading. This sounded — stupid, so it naturally caught my attention. The article tells a story of a computer class who’s students range in skill and age, and trying out different distros, just to give them a taste of Linux. The distros tested were Ubuntu, Mandriva, and PCLinuxOS.
Basically, the students said that Mandriva was nice, but PCLinuxOS was better. They also said that Ubuntu was the worst thing they ever tried… all because they could not play certain media files like with PCLinuxOS.
I wonder if they realize that certain codecs are illegal to distribute in Linux? While many are free to download, they can not be given out freely. Ubuntu has these codecs in its repositories, available for users to download. The folks at PCLinuxOS must have overlooked this little piece of information.
It is this kind of misleading articles, although in a distro-specific magazine, that is meant to divide users, and protect the current user base from switching to different distributions. It’s sad, really. The eventual success of Ubuntu or any other distribution will only help other distributions gain success as well. This elitist attitude that characterizes those who are jealous of Ubuntu’s success, especially with new users thanks to its ease of use.
By the way, did any of those students try Mandriva’s Metisse interface with folding, flipping, and exploding windows? If not , they missed out!