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[News] Interview with Ubuntu Founder, Ubuntu Challenges Macs

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Shuttleworth on Dell, Greg KH, More

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| Last week, during Ubuntu's OpenWeek, Mark Shuttleworth joined in for a two 
| hour Q&A session, where he answered a wide range of questions regarding 
| Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical. They ranged from questions 
| regarding Canonical's relationship with Dell, all the way up to 
| Shuttleworth's response to Greg Kroah-Hartman's criticism of Canonical.    


Ubuntu vs OS X: The deathmatch!

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| As you may have seen from my recent posts I’m trying out OS X. There is no 
| doubt that for the casual computer users viewpoint OS X kicks Linux’s ass. 
| But I’m a open source computer programmer, and for us things are definitely 
| not as clear cut. Five years ago, they probably would have been, but then 
| Ubuntu arrived. Ubuntu is an operating system I can put my wife on and she 
| will not be any more lost then she is on Windows. That is a big step for 
| Linux and open source: Having an operating system that can compare favorably 
| to the commercial ones.       


Days ago:

Dell Mini 9 and Other Netbooks

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| The modified Ubuntu OS is one of it’s stronger points. It works well and
| combines the ease of use of the eee Xandros tabbed OS with the power of the
| full Ubuntu desktop. In fact, you can switch back and forth between the
| launch bar and a regular desktop via a new menu option. The launch bar has
| nice effects with zooming in on each category’s apps while bluring the
| background. It gives it a very modern and professional feel. Students who
| tested it didn’t comment at all about the UI being different (in contrast,
| they all complain about not knowing how to use the new iMacs we have).


How I kicked the Mac habit - with Ubuntu

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| After starting a new job this year though I was brought back around to Linux
| on the desktop. My first day at the office I was asked "so do you want
| Windows or Linux"? No brainer for me, even with my past pains on the desktop.
| Linux. (Oh, and they also asked me to pick a hostname themed off of a beer -
| I thought, man, I made the right choice coming here.) That was how I formally
| met Ubuntu. I ended up with a Hardy Heron box that has worked really really
| well.



Dell Mini Inspiron 9

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| I’m living the dream, I tell you! I’ve swapped my MacBook for a Dell Mini and
| so far the experience has been pretty positive.


Moving from Mac to Ubuntu: Why I’m switching

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| Why I’m leaving Mac
|    1. Crap file management.The Finder doesn’t work for me. No location bar
|    and no tree strucure side panel makes it difficult to navigate folders and
|    move files around the way I want to.
|    2. Insufficient panels & customization. In Ubuntu I can have as many
|    panels I want, can put all kinds of stuff on them, and can arrange them
|    however I want. In OSX You just have the dock, and you can really only put
|    applications or files on them, and you can’t even put in a separator to
|    keep them organized.
|    3. Various other annoyances. Such as:
|           * program menus are glued to the top of the screen on one monitor
|           only, which detaches them from the window. This is especailly
|           annoying when the program you’re using is on the second monitor.
|           * the date/time doesn’t open to a navigable calendar. I often use
|           this to check dates in the past or future.
|           * you can’t see hidden files unless you run a command from the
|           terminal to turn them on. Thus, hidden files are either always on
|           or always off.

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