So I may be slightly atypical. 18 months ago I decided to drop Windows. For a while I’ve been running OSX at home, but since it required new hardware at work, it wasn’t an option there. So I switched to Fedora (our Linux God at work was runing it, and it always nice with an expert around to save the day 🙂 ). Friday however I switch to KUbuntu and unassisted.
KUbuntu is the KDE derivate of Ubuntu, and the installer is the coolest OS installed I’ve ever tried. A few questions, some disc spins and the system were running and usable within an hour.
The main reason for switching away from fedora was two things – first Fedora never seemed to quite work – there was always something wrong, broken or acting up – and second Ubuntu (and sisters) seem to get great reviews and feedback, so they may be worth trying out.
Fedora was supposed to be the community driven version for the jolly old RedHat Linux, but somehow the community never ever took of. The Enterprise Edition works, but Fedora seemed to be a ship lost at sea. Ubuntu has a nice roadmap so you know when new releases are coming – and know what will be in it.
Ubuntu is Debian based, and while Debian hasn’t been known for being on the cutting edge, it’s always been rock solid. Ubuntu seems to be slightly more cutting edge on some of the important applications and system components, while relying on the solid Debian base on others.
The core system was quickly up and running, but some odd pieces are still missing – the Citrix connection to our enterprise applications and other unusual stuff. For a developer (working on a non-windows platform) Ubuntu is undoubtly ready for prime time. If they’re keeping up the pace and progress at Ubuntu development, it could soon be as serious competitor for Windows among non-gamers – even without special computer-skills.