A post titled "Do not use Ubuntu !!!" on the Linux org forums has attracted much attention. I would like to add the following reasons why I don't install or recommend Ubuntu.
- Canonical has recently went into a partnership with Microsoft to run Ubuntu apps on the Windows 10 operating system, this is not the way a Linux distro should be.
- Ubuntu should NEVER have existed in the first place, it has ruined lots of great distros. It has made Debian, and especially Slackware lose popularity. Another distro to consider in Mandrake or Mandriva, it went bankrupt in 2012, I think Canonical was behind this event.
- Thus, if Mandriva still existed and was quite popular these days, I would recommend it over Ubuntu, Mint or anything else, as it was extremely successful since its inception, Mageia does not enjoy a high degree of popularity, I've not really tried it, but its still a great distro.
- Commenting on euantorano's comments. First of all, Ubuntu is no longer beginner friendly these days, as the Unity desktop environment is confusing to both ex-Windows users and users that have used another Linux desktop before. Mint, Linux Lite, Mageia, Ubuntu Mate etc. are all better choices. Also the comment that "Ubuntu has helped Linux become more mainstream". I disagree, Linux desktops were never mainstream and still aren't and never will. If you count Google's Android and Chrome OS as Linux, you can argue they have made it become more mainstream. Regards to the last comment, I do not believe in using paid software on Linux, I have nothing against proprietary codecs or drivers, but Linux is not a paradise for companies to exploit
- There are too many bugs in the newer releases of Ubuntu, even on 16.04 LTS. I have used it a while, and there were many bugs in Unity and the new Ubuntu Software,I keep getting problem report even when I'm just listening to music or browsing the web. I am back to Debian now.
- While I personally hate the term GNU/Linux (that's a separate matter), Canonical hates the term "Linux" these days, and now they brand Ubuntu as "The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud", rather than "Linux for human beings" like they did years ago. They really want to move away from Linux and start their own world domination.
- I don't mind anything based on Ubuntu, provided it is different enough, e.g. Mint, it is very different from Ubuntu itself, and is more attractive.