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Ubuntu 6.06 LTS : Open source Killer App

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, codenamed Dapper Drake, is bound to become one of the most popular distributions ever released. On Distrowatch, the website that tracks Linux distribution, Ubuntu's page has been read nearly a million times in the past twelve months.

Likewise, its Alexa rating, a barometer used by many to evaluate a website's popularity and reach, is quite impressive. Its site, Ubuntu.com is ranked amongst the top 2500 websites in the world

Linux-watch has tested the Linux distro and found it to be most impressive. Ubuntu actually works on computers as old as a Pentium 120MHz with 64MB RAM and 10GB HDD.

The reviewer found it to be even faster than the Operating System that was on it, Windows NT 4.0. From popping the CD in the computer for installation to actually browsing the internet, the reviewer spent only 10 minutes in configuration. Compare that to about 70 minutes on Windows XP Pro.

Add to it, the free price tag as well as a plethora of fully-functional software and you get the sort of killer-app that open source needs on the desktop

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.