Ubuntu stability and UHR

I have been planning to port the Ubuntu Hebrew Remix remastering scripts to 9.04 for a long while now and I even started some related tasks but it seems to me more and more like this is not the right time. Ubuntu 9.04 is a shameful mess - with intel/nvidia, sound and other hardware devices having severe issues which, no doubt, will scare off new users and already made some Ubuntu users switch distributions.

Someone in Linux-IL mailing list said that Ubuntu just had bad timing(luck?) in releasing just before a few major software releases (XOrg1.6, OOo3.1, Pulsaudio(?) and new intel driver infrastructure).

I'll continue the porting effort (just to have easier job in October) and release the scripts with no ISO images. UHR will have to wait for 9.10 (hopefully 9.10 will be better). Users who need UHR for their grandmother/kids will have to manage with 8.04LTS for now.

A thought that comes to my mind: Maybe UHR should be based only on LTS releases. UHR doesn't seem to be a "big hit", but I received several thank-you notes which means it was useful to people other than me.


Why you probably won't see me on WINE

In Mark Shuttleworth's own words:
We need to make a success of our own platform on our own terms. If Linux is just another way to run Windows apps, we can't win.

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I was trying to say similar(Hebrew-2004) things(Hebrew-2008) in the past but Shuttleworth did it better. Translation of my words to a user trying to run ICQ, Winamp and MSN Messenger on WINE:
.. You may not like the alternatives(The native Linux apps) but when you use Windows programs on Linux you use an alternative windows API to execute them and it's not only buggy and heavy on resources but eventually it will provide a really crappy user experience and you are expected to be "disappointed of Linux" real soon. I think you should consider trying the existing (Native) alternative applications in Linux. IMO you'll find them more usable than using WINE and sometimes even better than the Windows apps you were used to.

You can say the same thing about Mono but it might be an exception because currently both MS and Novel are behind it (until some s!@# will hit the fan.. I guess).

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