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Ubuntu 5.1 - Good Desktop Environment, But Lacks Instant Server Install

I have to say that I like Ubuntu a lot. The user interface, the log in screen, the cursors, and the icons all look like they are designed by someone with artistic skills; a must in GUI design. But the problem with good GUI design is people start thinking it is just a good desktop environment.

Ubuntu is distributed as if the user will only be using it as a desktop environment. None of the server services are enabled. I don't mind so much that the services are disabled, but give me an easy option to enable them. The matter of the fact is that most of the server services are not even installed. You have to contantly go into the package manager and install the packages individually. It almost feels like Ubuntu is trying to compete with Microsoft Windows XP in the desktop arena.

Hear me now, Ubundu developers . . . that's the wrong strategy to compete! One awesome feature of UNIX is it's remote capabilities. I didn't install Ubuntu to use it as a desktop computer only! I want to use it remotely as well. I just installed samba a few days ago. Now I'm trying to ssh into my computer only to find out that the most basic ssh is not even installed. Due to the lack of easy server installation, it takes forever to install every server package. I can tell you now, when I install Linux to run as a server, I will go with another distribution.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 9 Mar 2006 22:24:48 -0800

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