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Where is Linux headed? - Nowhere!
by pjafrombbay on Tue 27th Nov 2007 06:04 UTC
pjafrombbay
Member since:
2005-07-31

I have been trying to switch from Microsoft XP to Linux for several years. I was using Ubuntu 6.06 on one PC and 7.04 on the other. Things were looking good; most things worked even my Canon laser printer. Then I made a mistake - I installed Ubuntu 7.10! What a mistake, I don't think Ubuntu did its normal quality control on this one. I then compounded the initial mistake by trying Fedora 8 - would you believe that editing fstab to enable the Linux install to recognise the other hard drive with Windows XP destroyed the X-Windows. Fixing X was beyond my skill level and by then I had had enough. Delete the Linux install from the second hard drive and make it a back-up for Windows (nice and easy) and zap my laptop and re-install Windows XP. Now all I have to do is get over my anti-Microsoft fealings. The user experience however is good; I have changed from constant Sys-Admin to ordinary user and everything just works!

Linus, you still have a long way to go!

Peter

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Then I made a mistake - I installed Ubuntu 7.10! What a mistake, I don't think Ubuntu did its normal quality control on this one.


Please elaborate: what was so bad about Ubuntu 7.10 compared to previous versions?

would you believe that editing fstab to enable the Linux install to recognise the other hard drive with Windows XP destroyed the X-Windows.


No, actually, I would not.

Fixing X was beyond my skill level and by then I had had enough. Delete the Linux install from the second hard drive and make it a back-up for Windows (nice and easy) and zap my laptop and re-install Windows XP.


If Ubuntu 6.06 and 7.04 had been working good, why not reinstall these?

Now all I have to do is get over my anti-Microsoft fealings.


What feelings would those be? Do you really dislike Microsoft, or are you simply parrotting what you think a Linux enthusiast would say?

The user experience however is good; I have changed from constant Sys-Admin to ordinary user and everything just works!


My experiences with Ubuntu is that everything just works. I've installed it on the PCs of non-techie friends, and I haven't had a single complaint yet.

I have been trying to switch from Microsoft XP to Linux for several years.


I'm sorry, but I'm quite skeptical about your whole story. In fact, it sounds like a complete fabrication destined to discourage others to try Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular.

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Please elaborate: what was so bad about Ubuntu 7.10 compared to previous versions?


Some weeks ago I put a list of main "bad things" I encounter in latest Ubuntu, not present in previous versions.

A quick reminder:

- broken debmirror (for me it was critical since I use it)

- screensaver settings in LiveCD - activating it the same moment GNOME is displayed - at first sight it looks similar like problems with monitor mode being detected wrong.

- "screen and graphic" xorg.conf's ultimate destroyer.

- graphics card and monitor detection failed on my two PC - 6.06, 6.10 and 7.04 detected them fine.

- Synaptic and Add/remove works horribly with offline repos DVDs. Even created with care - "universe" being separated from "main", "restricted" and "multiverse" disk sets. But this isnt new. 6.06 AFAIR work quite good. 6.10 and later went bad.

- AND ONE MORE BUG since I complained here about 7.10 - JeOS cannot work with defeault settings of Vmware - at least under Windows - cannot start when virtual HD controller is set as default. Also "disk integrity check" fails even the disk is ok.

I discovered it yesterday and located the fix for that issue, but was terrified - even checked my PC RAM for errors - it looks like bad download over and over again. JeOS is good idea, but the way it was released is disastrous.

JeOS 7.10.1 "point release" is REQUIRED !!!

Edited 2007-11-27 13:47

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raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I call shill...

What were these problems with 7.10 that were so nasty they put you off re-installing versions that did work ?

Microsoft makes screw ups too... How many people genuinely like Vista and think it is a vast improvement over XP ? Not many.

back to your points...

Editing /etc/fstab will in no way whatsoever damage X
unless one of the lines you edited was in fact to remove a drive that had /usr on it. If fixing X was too hard for you, then, I assume a custom partitioning scheme was also too complicated, and you let the installer decide for you..... so /usr was not on a separate partition in the first place.


One thing I must say though, if you REALLY did have those problems, I would pack the PC back into its box, take it back to PC World, and tell them you need to return it, as there was a vote online, and the vast majority think you are too stupid to own a computer.

Edited 2007-11-27 08:36

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