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August 29, 2010 4:25:30 PM

Hello,
what is the Disadvantages of Ubuntu?

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August 29, 2010 6:48:47 PM

What do you mean disadvantage...? Every single Linux Distribution has its advantages and disadvantages over another. If you want to know disadvantages to Ubuntu, be specific in terms of what and compared to what other distributions?
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August 30, 2010 3:17:17 PM

Daft naming scheme. Other than that it's on a par with the rest of them.
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September 2, 2010 11:04:00 PM

The real disadvantage is that Ubuntu tries to stay near the 'bleeding edge' of Linux development, so it's less stable than many other distros, and a lot tends to change in the six-monthly updates to the point where after a year or two a fresh install may be faster.

On the plus side, that means you get new features faster than many other distros.
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September 4, 2010 1:59:54 PM

Mount /home on different partition, create (oh darn what's it called!!) install script to give you the same apps and even the re-install every couple of releases is not that big a headache.
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September 4, 2010 10:06:49 PM

Another disadvantage is there is quite a few commands for the terminal which can take a long time to learn.
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September 5, 2010 2:57:53 AM

There's alot of commands for every operating system. At least most of the Bash commands are named in some sane way, and they come with extensive documentation. Some of the Windows commands still have me wondering what the designers were drinking when they came up with them, and they have no documentation unless you google them.

This isn't really a disadvantage of Ubuntu anyway. It's a disadvantage of Bash (or Linux I suppose) if you really want to call it a disadvantage. Nobody needs to learn them all anyway. Learn what you actually need to use, and if you forget how to use one you just bring up the manual page for it.
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September 5, 2010 6:17:04 AM

jboyinabox said:
Another disadvantage is there is quite a few commands for the terminal which can take a long time to learn.

Or to put it another way, most UNIX-type systems let you do complicated things in a very easy and logical way, remotely via a simple interface if necessary.
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September 5, 2010 7:11:36 PM

There is a GUI alternative for most answers given down here, same for the info frequently requested. It's just far faster to ask somebody to type "blah blah" into a command line than to describe how to navigate a set of menus and click on button x, y & z.

Seriously you can install, run and maintain Linux without ever touching a command line nowadays.
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September 5, 2010 7:34:30 PM

Yep. There's very little need to use the command line if you don't want to, both in Linux and Windows. You're missing a lot if you don't get to know the command line in both instances, but that's just my opinion.
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September 6, 2010 1:11:39 AM

I don't use the CLI in Windows much (it's horrible anyway, I can't even copy/paste properly nor is there a persistent history), but I use it in Linux alot even though there are perfectly adequate GUI replacements.
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September 6, 2010 4:17:53 AM

Does CLI mean command line interface?...if so ,I love CLI in windows. I agree it isn't as good as Linux's, its more then enough to perform simple and common tasks easily and quickly without the need for messing with GUI.
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September 6, 2010 5:09:02 AM

Oh for sure, it's still good for getting verbose output from programs and having fine-grained control over certain tasks (the GUI front-end to the defrag utility is useless). But it doesn't come close to Bash. Plus it doesn't have man pages :) 
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September 6, 2010 6:13:04 AM

I think you should compare PowerShell with Bash, rather than the old DOS-originated Cmd. PowerShell is actually pretty powerful. But I agree that Window help is pathetic compared to UNIX.
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September 6, 2010 6:42:40 AM

Yes, Powershell is a much more powerful environment. If you don't like .NET it won't be your thing though :D 
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September 6, 2010 6:58:34 AM

Well, if you don't like UNIX then Bash won't be your thing.

What's not to like about .NET; it's one of the most compelling features of Windows nowadays.
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September 6, 2010 7:05:12 AM

Oh I know, I have done a fair bit of C# programming. Don't talk to the Mono haters about it though.
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September 6, 2010 7:46:47 AM

I try not to talk to Mono haters, Windows haters, Mac haters, PC haters, ....

Life's too short to spend it hating things (with the notable exception of the late, lamented SCO). Some things don't interest me a lot, but I just ignore them.
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