Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Oct 2012 18:15 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 12.10 has been released, sporting the rather... Interesting tagline 'Avoid the pain of Windows 8'. Two main features are that websites can now be treated as actual applications, integrating them into Unity. The divide between local and online content when searching has also been softened, which, they claim, makes it easier to find what you're looking for. On the server side, it includes the Folsom release of OpenStack, "Cinder, for block storage and Quantum, a virtual networking API. Ubuntu's Metal-as-a-Service bare-metal provisioning tool has been updated and now supports Calxeda hyperscale hardware based on ARM".
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by Dave_K on Sun 21st Oct 2012 17:07 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: ..."
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The machine ran Linux from the get-go, and the new version of the OS has already been tested on my hardware before I committed to installing it on the machine's hard disk.

In those circumstances I'm not surprised that Linux installed without any problems. Obviously I was talking about my own experiences with Linux, where I've merely bought hardware that was listed as Linux compatible, rather than buying something with it pre-installed.

Use a popular distribution meant for use on the desktop, it will have a huge set of packages available in repositories. Faux "problem" solved.

I tried half a dozen different desktop distributions on my Thinkpad before settling on Scientific Linux. It was the one where the most functionality worked after installation. For example, it was the only one where the laptop successfully entered sleep mode when its lid was closed, while the others required a lot of tweaking just to get that working. I've actually had a lot less problems with that distribution than I did with Mint or Ubuntu.

None of them had working graphical tools for things like power management, trackpoint configuration, or fan control. Even with the desktop distributions I'd have to try to compile utilities and edit config files to do things that are easy in Windows.

In my experience with Linux there's always something that goes wrong or isn't straightforward. Even when I've run mainstream distributions on my desktop there have been problems more time consuming than anything I've experienced in Windows.

Please desist with outright lies and FUD.

You may have had good experiences with Linux, but your experiences aren't universal.

I'm not claiming that everyone will have the problems with Linux that I've had. Unlike you I'm not trying to generalise my experiences and make sweeping claims based on them. All I'm saying is that my experience of Linux doesn't come close to matching the easy to use and trouble free operating system that you're promoting.

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