Det kan da ikke passe…?

Der findes mange forskellige udgaver eller varianter af Ubuntu. De bedst kendte er Kubuntu, Xubuntu og Edubuntu, som hhv. benytter et andet grafisk desktop system end GNOME (KDE og Xfce) og tilføjer en masse programmer til brug for leg og læring for børn og unge, rettet specielt mod brug i skoler.

Men der findes en masse andre – nogen med større tekniske ændringer, andre med mindre ændringer, ofte ændring af sprog eller hvilke programmer der følger med som standard. Andre igen laver næsten ikke andre ændringer end et skift af standard baggrundsbillede og andre ændringer i det visuelle tema.

Ubuntu Satanic Edition er en sådan Ubuntu variant, som leverer et gotisk eller satanisk visuelt udtryk.

Satanic Edition har fået hårde ord med på vejen og har vist provokeret en del (overvejende religiøse?) mennesker i tidens løb. Men det er slet ikke det jeg egentlig vil fortælle om. Nej, det undrede mig bare at man på deres hjemmeside, under store, igår kunne finde ordene:

Order now to guarantee delivery by Christmas!

Jeg mener, er julen virkelig noget man fejrer, hvis man tilbeder Satan? Ja, jeg spørger bare, for jeg ved det virkelig ikke…

64-bit vs. i386 and Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu CDs

EDIT: Søren points out that the server CDs are in fact 64 bit. However I think the point made below is still valid for the desktop CDs.

There were a few comments to my latest blog post about the lack of 64-bit CDs in the LoCo CD box, and the reduced number of Kubuntu CDs compared to the number of Ubuntu CDs.

I don’t agree with this critique. As I see it, the CDs are for handing out and passing on to people who are completely new to the Linux / (K)Ubuntu game. These people don’t necessarily know what hardware is in their computer and a question like “Do you have at 64 bit processor?” won’t make sense to them. Worst case scenario the question will make the user feel stupid (not a good starting point for a great user experience with the new software) or the user will answer incorrectly, and will end up with a CD that doesn’t work with their hardware.
Sure, support for huge amounts of ram is nice, but I still think it is rare that the average user has and needs this (yet). And the user who does need it will be aware of the difficulties, and know to either ask the person who hands out the CD or do the research of how to get 64 bit support.

As to the number of Kubuntu vs. Ubuntu CDs I know this is a issue that a lot of people feel very strongly about. But the fact is that the average user who has never used anything else than Microsoft Windows doesn’t know the difference between Gnome and KDE (or the difference between Thunderbird and Evolution or the difference between Emacs and Vi…). The big strength of FOSS is the choices. But that is also one of the weaknesses. When you come along as a new user you are in no way qualified to make the choice between several different software packages, if you have no idea what the differences is. So you need someone else to make that choice for you. And if you find out you prefer another program than the one installed by default, the solution is often not further away than Synaptic or a link on the web: install kubuntu-desktop
(This link installs kde on a Ubuntu system. If I remember correctly it needs to fetch 100MB or more and will make KDE your default desktop environment. If you don’t know what that means, you don’t need to do it.)

That is why I think it is fine that Canonical has chosen to ship more plain Ubuntu CDs than Kubuntu and no 64-bit CDs at all. It limits the number of choices that the use can’t be expected to make anyway. And if you are well informed enough to make the choice you should also be expected to know what to do to get the system you want.

One CD, two CD, three CD…

The CDs for the Danish Ubuntu LoCo team arrived today. Less than one week after release. That’s quite fast if you ask me!


The CD box contains 250 regular Ubuntu 9.04 CDs, 75 Kubuntu CDs and 75 server CDs. All i386, there are no 64-bit CDs this time. If you have 64 bit hardware and want a 64 bit OS, hopefully you know how to download that your self.

EDIT: Søren points out that the server CDs are in fact 64 bit.