According to the current issue (#93) of Linux Format, Ubuntu 7.04 (“Feisty Fawn”) is “…a dull release for Ubuntu, leaving Fedora to storm ahead…” (p. 23) whilst “shaping up to be one of the most innovative Linux distro releases of the year.” (p. 38)
Especially amusing for myself is that, with Upstart, they “seldom notice any difference in boot speed” (p. 42), yet “Ubuntu 7.04 boots up in record time, leaving other Linux distros in the dust.” (p. 22)
(As anyone who’s ever read anything about Upstart will know, Ubuntu still uses the SysV-rc scripts so there should be no difference in speed at this point. Funnily enough, they identified the reason Ubuntu boots fast in the same issue; “Changing the /bin/sh symlink to point to Dash instead of Bash can significantly shorten boot times” (p. 33) — unfortunately they simultaneously claim that Dash is only “almost POSIX compliant”, without explaining why they think it isn’t.)
In this modern world, the lack of any editorial direction or basic research into what’s being printed is quite refreshing.