Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 30th May 2011 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu Linux, estimates that the product has over 12 million users worldwide. And why not? Ubuntu is free and it runs more than ten thousand applications. It has a vibrant user community, websites covering everything you might ever need to know, good tutorials, a paid support option, and more. Yet I often hear friends and co-workers casually criticize Ubuntu. Perhaps this the price of success. Or is it? In this article I'll analyze common criticisms and try to sort fact from fiction.
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Several things are broken and stay broken.
by tomz on Tue 31st May 2011 02:19 UTC
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2010-05-06

Somewhere around horrid harpy, or impish incubus was the apogee. Beyond that new versions broke more things without fixing old things.

Some of these may be dated, since I stopped around jaundiced judas.

Take grub 2. Please. It can't recognize bootable DOS or Hackintosh partitions. It will find the hackintoshi, but will write some horrid long stanza that won't boot. No, it will write two, one for 32 bit and one for 64 bit but neither will boot. This was an early beta at the time but became part of the release. Big mistake. Replace something that works and is reliable with something dodgy and half-broken, but that is Ubuntu. Fedora Rawhide has less unstable stuff.

Wireless is horrible. It won't find the AP at my desk unless I open a terminal and type "sudo iwlist scan". It does remember the dozens of APs on my drive into work which are no longer visible. Bluetooth won't let me pair half or more of my devices (I can tell it the PIN, but it ignores my choice).

My old laptop has a 1024x768 screen. It probes as VESA, which has that resolution as a mode but THEY THREW AWAY THE UTILITY THAT LET ME MANUALLY SET IT. Even doing something in xorg.conf is obscure. So I'm stuck with a blurry screen. It used to have a VIA driver that worked for everything but 3d (it did work but had a few artifact problems). Throw away the working, don't leave any manual options, give you something broken.

Then there's the wireless deadlock. Install Ubuntu. Try connecting to the internet. It can't - Oh, it doesn't have a driver for your wireless card. It will download it from the internet. Oops, it can't because it can't connect. Oh, it doesn't have... It is stupid not to leave the deb files for all the drivers somewhere so it doesn't have to download them BECAUSE IT CAN'T DOWNLOAD THE DRIVER UNTIL IT IS INSTALLED.

Then there is the Annoytification. I get this huge, intrusive box that I can't get rid of on my netbook, but this nearly invisible, tiny box on my HD monitor. This was to replace the standard Gnome notification - the one that had buttons so you could open IM or mail.

Now they were getting rid of the system tray - and replacing it with - what? Nothing? When my battery is about to die, or the cpu about to melt down? Oh, it is to ugly to have an icon say it, so we will just not inform you.

I really wouldn't mind if they kept the FUNCTIONALITY and replaced less than optimal elements with better versions, but they keep breaking things and eliminating functionality and manual bypasses to the broken stuff, and if they stopped today, they wouldn't fix everything until rotten ratfink.

But by that time, it should look very pretty, probably all in 3d, but you won't be able to open a spreadsheet.

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