Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Aug 2009 17:55 UTC
X11, Window Managers Over the past couple of months, and especially over the past couple of weeks, I've been working very hard to write and complete my thesis. I performed all the work on Windows 7, but now that the thesis is finally done, submitted, and accepted, I installed Ubuntu - and immediately I was reminded of why I do not do any serious work on Linux: the train wreck that is
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My experience is quite similar...
by leavengood on Mon 17th Aug 2009 20:37 UTC
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A few years ago I installed Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on my ThinkPad Z60m. It worked quite well and I was happy with it. I even got the S-Video output working to some extent, so I could watch videos on my TV.

Now after a few upgrades, it is totally broken. The simplest things will cause X to totally crash (usually video related.) Sometimes I can get to a console to restart GDM, but many times I cannot. Generally at that point I reboot into Windows for a while.

You guys can blame "bad drivers" all day (and you are probably right), but it is REALLY ANNOYING to have something that worked fine before get totally broken.

Besides X breaking I have some other complaints:

- PulseAudio is complete crap and really screwed up my system too. I disabled it so now only one program at a time can send output to the sound card. This is totally stupid. As others have said in previous comments here, Linux audio is really shitty too.

- Multiple monitor support is non-existent or completely horrible in X. It is ridiculous that in 2009 this requires extensive and complicated editing of xorg.conf instead of a nice GUI. Also what worked for me before stopped working.

- Adjusting screen size in a GUI is still something that only sometimes works. Again this is crazy in 2009.

- Several times updating Ubuntu has broken my X config. This is mainly an Ubuntu problem I would think, but it still sucks. Ubuntu has jumped the shark in my opinion.

I learned to hate Windows because of the crashes and instability. Now my XP partition is where I go for stability after my Ubuntu install crashes. I wish it wasn't this way I think that really sucks.

Of course I think all these problems are pretty specific to that ThinkPad, and I might be just fine on newer or better supported hardware. I will say that overall my Dell desktop that came with Ubuntu has been fine. I need to start using it more, but laptops are handy ;)

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