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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Last week, the Ubuntu guys released Ubuntu 8.04, named "Hardy Heron". Instead of posting 24408 news items pointing to different reviews of this new Ubuntu release from all over the world, we decided to collect a few of them over the weekend and present them all in one gulp. I have a feeling some of you might like not seeing three Ubuntu items every day.
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Tried it, scrapped it
by bb_matt on Wed 30th Apr 2008 15:14 UTC
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I've been following Ubuntu for some time now, generally trying out each new release from the early candidates to the final build.

I'm currently using an oldish laptop hooked up to my TV to watch TV shows. I previously had Ubuntu 7.04 running on there, which had some nigglies, but generally worked. I decided to scrap that and went back to windows - it worked flawlessley.

When this latest version of Ubuntu was released, I once again loaded it up on the laptop - this time it was a simple test.

If Ubuntu could detect my TV and successfully play a movie on it - WITHOUT me having to edit any configuration files - it could stay.

Alas, it was not to be. Ubuntu managed to detect my TV, but wouldn't play a video on it - it would play the video on the laptop monitor, but showed a black screen where the video should've been on the TV screen.

I did what any typical user would do - fiddled with the supplied settings - and got nowhere.

Yep, I could edit my X11 config file and get it working, but why should I?

This very simple exercise - one which MacOS and Windows have been able to do for 10 years - completely escaped Ubuntu - it just wasn't up to the task.

This is the point I've finally reached with Desktop Linux - if things don't work as well as windows, out of the box, I'm not interested anymore.

I've given up on the dream.
I'll continue to use Linux as a dev platform at work, but that's about it.

Someone wake me up when Linux truly is ready for the Desktop...

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