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Why I Use Ubuntu Linux

I mentioned in a recent post to the Mid-Hudson Valley Linux User Group mail list that I used Ubuntu. A fellow member replied by mentioning that they favored Fedora and asked why I used Ubuntu.

Here is my reply:

I *only* use Ubuntu for one reason. Not because it is the “best” technically — though I do favor it because it is based on Debian — but because it has the largest community behind it, and so is the best candidate to make Linux a real contender.

For Linux to succeed its market share must overtake that of Apple. Doing that will really push Linux into the mainstream. Until that day comes Linux will remain on the fringe.

I believe it is only a matter of time, but that time will come sooner if we rally around Ubuntu. Yes, it is fun — and an important educational experience — for try various distros and compare them , but the plethora of current distributions is creating a “Linux war” that I fear is too close to the “Unix wars” of the 80’s that almost destroyed Unix.

Thank goodness Linux came along to keep Unix going. Otherwise we might all be running commercial operating systems today.

But technical merit is not the sole criterion. Were that the case we would all be runing Linux. We need to unite and not keep shooting ourselves in the foot. This, for example, is why I cringe every time I hear the phrase “GNU/Linux” …

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