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[News] Variants of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Doing Pretty Well

  • Subject: [News] Variants of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Doing Pretty Well
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 17:27:01 +0100
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Ubuntu derivatives flourish

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| Custom versions of Ubuntu can offer 
| anything from ease-of-use to a multimedia 
| studio
| Ubuntu 10.04, aka Lucid Lynx, has now been 
| released and work has already started on 
| version 10.10, its successor. But, if 
| Ubuntu 10.04 isn't your ideal operating 
| system then it's worth taking a look at 
| some of Ubuntu's derivative versions. 
| Chances are that one those will suit your 
| needs.


Canonicalâs Red Headed Stepchildren

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| Who Are These Red Headed Step Children?
| Before I go any further with this column, 
| letâs take a quick look at each Ubuntu 
| derivative and then Iâll talk about whatâs 
| wrong with them and what Canonical needs 
| to do to fix this mess.
| Officially Supported
| Kubuntu â Kubuntu uses the KDE desktop 
| environment instead of GNOME. It also 
| leans heavily on KDEâs desktop 
| applications rather than Ubuntuâs GNOME 
| applications.
| EduBuntu â Edubuntu is essentially Ubuntu 
| for parents, teachers, kids and schools. 
| Edubuntu features educational games, math 
| applications, text editors and a bunch of 
| other applications focused on learning.
| Ubuntu Server Edition â You want this 
| version of Ubuntu if youâre going to be 
| running a server.



The other Ubuntu Linux distributions

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| I like the brand spanking new Ubuntu 10.04
| a lot. But while I like its GNOME 2.30
| interface, I also like other interfaces
| such as KDE. It would be nice if Ubuntu
| could also play MP3s, common video formats
| and Flash from the get-go. You could
| install all these and other extras from the
| Ubuntu repositories, but there's also a
| wide-variety of Ubuntu spin-offs that come
| ready to give you the functionality you
| want right out of the box.
| [...]
| Kubuntu 10.04. Like the name suggests, the
| big difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu
| is that the K-Ubuntu runs KDE 4.4.2 instead
| of GNOME 2.30 for its desktop. But Kubuntu
| isn't just Ubuntu with KDE. Instead of
| KDE's default Konqueror Web browser,
| Kubuntu defaults to using Firefox 3.6.3.


Lubuntu release 10.04 "final stable beta"

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| Lubuntu 10.04 uses Chromium as its default
| browser and is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
| which was released last week. Other
| lightweight applications included in the
| distribution are the Sylpheed email client,
| Gnumeric spreadsheet, Abiword word
| processor, Pidgin instant messaging and
| Leafpad text editor. The developers do
| point out that although Lubuntu 10.04 is
| based on the LTS (Long Term Support)
| release of Ubuntu, it is not an LTS
| release.  Full details of the applications
| used and release notes are available and
| Lubuntu can be downloaded directly (ISO
| image download, 530MB) or via bittorrent.


EasyPeasy 1.6 for Netbooks is out ! Screenshots Tour

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| EasyPeasy 1.6. is released, the new version
| comes with many new features...


EasyPeasy and the Challenges of Linux Netbook Design

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| Netbook desktops in free and open source
| software (FOSS) are in a state of rapid
| development.
| [...]
| EasyPeasy's software has few surprises for
| anyone familiar with Ubuntu's. Generally, it
| consists of GNOME components such as
| Evolution, or Ubuntu parts such as Computer
| Janitor or Software Sources. In fact, you do
| not have to look far to see uncustomized
| pieces such as an icon for Ubuntu Software
| Centre or Ubuntu One.
| Nor does EasyPeasy avoid proprietary software
| such as Skype or Flash -- no doubt in the name
| of user convenience. Like Ubuntu, it also
| includes a number of Mono applications, such
| as Tomboy and Banshee. Since EasyPeasy openly
| declares its willingness to make such choices,
| you cannot be very surprised that it walks the
| walk as well as talks the talk.

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