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Ubuntu isn’t the only linux.

It may come as a big surprise to those of you that dont know anything about linux and have heard of this thing called Ubuntu but there are other linux varients out there.

Recently Ubuntu has had a new release which has managed to wrangle its way into the mainstream media with mentions on BBC news, admittedly in a piece about Windows 7. This has got me thinking about how Linux distributions could do better with publicising themselves, Linux is only known of in a general manner and none of its benefits have been pushed and they should always in my view be mentioned in articles about Microsofts latest and greatest. I think that distributions could do a better job by following at least some of these ideas.

  • Publicity. New releases should be advertised on sites where even beginner computer users will find it, we often look far too insular for our users.
  • Keep to release dates. This one is of particular annoyance to me as a Mandriva user. If you have set a date for release for heavens sake release on that date.
  • Issue press releases. While this would probably fall in with the publicity idea, I see this as a separate step. Your current users should know about your releases, the information should come to them, not the other way around

So what are your thoughts ? What can Linux distributions do better to attract a bigger audience ?


New Laptop

Recently I have been having issues with my trusty Thinkpad T40, if I press a bit too hard to the left of the the touch pad I get horrible graphics artifacts. These are easy to sort most of the time but are a PITA.

While not wholly needed I have ordered myself a new laptop. I went with a Lenovo 3000 series andmanaged to find one with linux pre-installed from The distro that is loaded onto it is Ubuntu 8.04, I will either stick to this or install Mandriva onto it, or perhaps even dual boot.

YLUG Install fest

This weekend I am in York to help with the YLUG install day/fest. For the last couple of years I have been coming up to help so this makes my third time.

We will be helping new linux users to install ubuntu (I know, not my choice !) and solve any problems they may be having.

This year I have been given permission to try and pimp out mandriva to others. I have for this reason brought along various mandriva CDs and DVDs.