[kwlug-disc] Linux Journal says Mandriva best distribution

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Fri May 14 20:12:30 EDT 2010

On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 06:50:10PM -0400, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 05:29:36PM -0400, unsolicited wrote:
> >
> >
> > Having said all this ... ubuntu is a relatively new player. For some  
> > reason it has been far more 'successful' (pervasive, today?), than  
> > Mandriva. I can't think why, and correct me if I'm wrong, except that a 
> > deep pocketed, marketing savvy, philanthropist (?), came along.
> Other deep-pocketed marketing savvy philanthropists have tried to
> polish Debian into a "desktop-ready" distro, but who uses Linspire
> now? 
> I think that you are correct in that having deep pockets and marketing
> savvy helped, but it is interesting to note what was different: 
> - Deep pockets were used to hire a lot of core Debian developers
>   for the new distro.
> - Marketing savvy was used for the AOLesque shipit.ubuntu.com CD
>   giveaway instead of on more traditional marketing.
> It did not hurt that Debian users are zealots who loved their distro
> (and its infrastructure) but got aggravated by the long release
> cycles. 

This begs the question... how does Ubuntu make money (eventually)?


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