I've been a full-fledged Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon user for more than a week now, I'm completely off Microsoft Windows and I couldn't be happier. For some reason, however, I keep getting emails and posts urging me to try other supposedly superior Linux distributions for newbies - PCLinuxOS and SimplyMEPIS, among others. Intrigued, I have decided to check this out for myself. Is Ubuntu the best or merely the best backed distro?
In the past couple of years, Ubuntu has risen above the pack to the point where it is has now virtually attained the status of "great white hope" of Linux desktops in the battle against Microsoft Windows. Ubuntu is easily the most high profile distribution, backed by Canonical, the company owned by billionaire Mark Shuttleworth and the distro chosen by Dell for its new Linux desktops and notebooks.