On Sunday I set up an Ubuntu system for my son to use while he visits over holiday (it will be a step down for him but better than no computer). But for all its well-intentioned interface smoovieness, Ubuntu is a bit bloated. If you want quick and clean, (above all quick) there are distros that have all the extra baggage pre-removed. Geekalicious goodies from InformationWeek Daily:
- Five tiny Linux distros that pack a punch
- 7 Reasons why Linux won’t succeed on the Desktop. I had read this one before and it makes some great points.
- Why Linux will succeed on the desktop. This one unintentionally illustrates a couple points from number 2, but opens a new thought: KDE4. Though it is still in beta, I am definitely going to have to look into that some more. But it won’t be for machines that would use the tiny distros. The developers clearly have the Mac in mind. Anyway the author believes Gnome needs to go away for Linux to succeed.
Unfortunately one great opportunity for Linux is the utter failure of Vista. I would rather not see Linux succeed the lazy way, by default.