The Linux distro wars are over. Ubuntu is the winner.
Okay, I admit, that’s a surprising announcement from a guy who, less than a week ago, couldn’t stand Ubuntu.
And when you learn that I tried Ubuntu a third time (installed Feisty at about 1AM on Tuesday) and actually liked it (as opposed to my first two encounters with Ubuntu), then my proclamation sounds more hypocritical than surprising.
So why do I say it? Well, there’s the obvious facts, that Ubuntu tops the leaderboard on DistroWatch consistently, and that Ubuntu is now being sold pre-installed on Dell. I think it’s clear from those two points alone that it’s at least winning. But since deciding that I actually like Feisty (mostly because it worked for me with no problems… I was able to install it at 1 AM and be back in bed with a working (and fully updated) system by 3 AM), I’ve begun looking for an Ubuntu community. It’s out there, and it seems, so far, to be pretty darned good.
One of my favorite things about Gentoo was always the community. From day one, before I even installed Gentoo, I was hooked on a lively community of friendly, intelligent, and helpful people. This community is harder to find in Ubuntu (I think their websites are laid out horribly compared to the Gentoo sites), but I think it’s every bit as good, and with Ubuntu having a lot more users, it’s larger. One thing Ubuntu is doing that I think is fantastic, is going LoCo. Local Communities, organized by state, that are focused on improving Ubuntu and also helping to spread it.
I laughed at first, thinking that we already have multiple Linux User Groups in Michigan, and that an Ubuntu LoCo would be a little redundant. Then I looked at the Detroit LoCo agenda, and I stopped laughing. This sounds like a seriously great idea, and I think it will help turn Ubuntu into *the* Linux distro. Oh, sorry… GNU/Linux distro.
Unfortunately, I’m not even sure the Detroit LoCo really exists, but the Michigan LoCo certainly does. Sign me up. And give me some of those spiffy case badges, too!