grgaud at sympatico.ca
Sat Mar 5 07:07:11 EST 2005
On Fri, 2005-04-03 at 20:14 -0500, Michael Bazdell wrote:
> I know Ubuntu is based on Debian. I'm wondering how much like Debian is
> it? Is it basically just a nice pretty installer and quick setup toys
> for Debian? Or does it have more differences than that?
[GR] Ubuntu is based on Debian testing (I believe it's called Sarge?).
The installer is the same as Debian's, a character based installer
(ncurses maybe? I don't know for sure) except it doesn't give you a
choice of which packages to install.
Unlike Debian (Sarge), which I've tried a couple of times, it detected
all my hardware, including my monitor type and the right scanning rates.
It's very stable, which makes me wonder why the Debian folk have yet to
release Sarge, but then Debian isn't known for moving fast. Basically,
they have two speeds: stopped and slow.
GNOME/Metacity is the desktop that is installed, the only desktop on the
CD if I'm not mistaken. However, you can later install any number of
desktop or window managers.
Bottom line: Warty (v. 4.10) is very stable, runs great and there are
all kinds of software available. If you install any software from Debian
that modifies the kernel, then you can prepare for breakage, or so I've
read. The best thing to do is go to their wiki page and take a look at
it, it has some very instructive stuff.
I've tried many distros, but my favourite, for what that's worth, is
Ubuntu Warty. Your millage may vary.
GR Gaudreau <grgaud at gmail.com>
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