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Ubuntu Not Ready for Prime Time

Uncle Walt has registered his verdict on "user-friendly" desktop Linux -- the Ubuntu distro -- and finds it wanting for the average user.

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, the planet's most influential personal technology columnist, says that the OS is too quirky right now. He pointed to a lack of drivers for various audio/visual functionality as a big sore spot, along with general flaky behavior, as when his volume control went MIA every time his review Dell laptop woke from sleep.

There's no doubt, however, that Linux is getting more average-user friendly, and hopefully this largely negative review will convince Ubuntu developers to keep at it.

(Side note: could the video of Mossberg be ANY MORE BORING? It's just Uncle Walt talking into the camera. No cutaways of the OS in action, nothing to break up the monotony of his droning on. C'mon, WSJ: you've got the funds to do better than that. Hint, hint: pretty soon, we will be doing better than that.)

Posted by Keith Ward on 09/14/2007 at 12:48 PM


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