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Re: [OT] Ubuntu vs Debian forums (was recompiling the kernel with a different version name)

On Thu, 8 Apr 2010 21:37:34 -0400 (EDT), Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Stephen Powell wrote:
>> What I don't understand is why Ubuntu users *post* here, when they
>> actually run Ubuntu.
> I run Ubuntu and regularly read the Debian list, so maybe I can answer.
> If I need to know where is the menus Firefox is, or how to change my
> wallpaper, the Ubuntu list is fine. But nobody there understands
> _anything_ about the OS. That is fine, the target audience of Ubuntu
> is not technical users. The barrier to entry is very low. My
> 74-year-old mother in law uses Kubuntu.
> So if the Debian support is so great, why do I run Ubuntu and not
> Debian? Several reasons. One, the low barrier to entry means that I
> can get a system up and running in no time flat. Twice a year, 20
> minutes and I've got the latest and greatest software versions. Debian
> still needs tweaking for my problematic video card, and some other
> really small details. But the biggest reason that I run Ubuntu is to
> promote it. I have done tens of installs for friends, neighbours, and
> family. I need to be familiar with what they are running. Debian just
> needs a bit too much work, a bit too much handholding, and a bit too
> much explaining things.
> So while my heart is with Debian, I run the best Debian derivative out there.

For some reason, this well-known proverb is going through my head:

   Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
   Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

I'd rather learn to fish.

  .''`.     Stephen Powell    <zlinuxman@wowway.com>
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