Here is another biased review, this time coming from PC Magazine.
The article is a comparison of Mac OS 10.5, Vista, XP, and Ubuntu. Of the four systems, Ubuntu got the lowest score. See where I am going with this?
The article seems to spend a lot of time bashing Ubuntu, specifically in the areas of Interface and Networking, where Ubuntu recieved the lowest score. Ubuntu also *barely* won the “Price” section, even though the next-cheapest system, Windows XP, costs $99.
On “Bundled Software,” Ubuntu lost out to Mac, even though Mac does not include a full office suite. In the “Drivers/hardware” section, Ubuntu scored the lowest, even with the ability to detect and automatically install printers, use mp3 players of almost all kinds, and detect most other peripherals, with the exception of joysticks. Obviously, Windows XP did the best in this category, since almost all external devices are built for Windows.
Ubuntu also supports quite a good number of hardware types, being installed on an array of computers. Can Mac OS X do that? No. Did you know Ubuntu is best supported on a MacBook? How’s that for compatibility? Vista is nowhere close, and even XP has to install tons of drivers and reboot many times before it is ready to use.
The “Networking” section was also a stale point, with the complaint that Ubuntu does not support most wireless cards. It’s true, there are some cards that just won’t work at this point, but most do, and work well. Mac shouldn’t have been included in the category on the basis of Apple’s control of the hardware and software, so they know that wireless was going to work flawlessly.
FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) are a common tactic, and unfortunately found itself in the review. It’s this kind of press that is damaging to the credibility of a news source, and in this case it is PC Magazine.
If I were to rate Ubuntu, I would have given the system at least four stars. Ubuntu is not perfect, no system is, but it is getting better with every release. Mac is a great system which deserves the 4 1/2 stars it recieved, and Ubuntu and Mac are better than both Windows versions, even though Vista is an improvement over Windows XP.