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Ubuntu 11.10 review

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Ubuntu 11.10 has something for everyone, and has a highly entrepreneurial flavour that will excite developers. Ubuntu now has several classes of potential users, and both the user editions and server editions are changing quickly. Some of the changes have a loose-and-fast feel to them, rather than the staid organisational production feel that Red Hat applies to RHEL.

We found that Canonical's Ubuntu, compared to Red Hat and Attachmate/SUSE, seems scrappier, and has a lot of energy behind it. There's also a certain frustration in having to chase around to find documentation and finding that projects had been renamed, but not necessarily re-focused.

There's a lot of muscularity in 11.10 that's been building for a while, and Canonical gives the feeling that it can turn its boat much more quickly than Red Hat, SUSE, or even Apple and Microsoft. While it may be true that Canonical can address trends more quickly, that energy can also be trying, and seemingly directionless, even when it's not.



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