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 X.org.
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My experience is quite similar...
by leavengood on Mon 17th Aug 2009 20:37 UTC
leavengood
Member since:
2006-12-13

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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richardstevenhack Member since:
2006-12-30

I'll repeat what I said elsewhere:

UBUNTU IS NOT LINUX!

Canonical is known for crappy bugs!

Try openSUSE, it's much more solid. Or even Mint, I've heard, which is based on Ubuntu, but is more solid and easier to use.

People have to stop thinking that a crappy OS like Ubuntu is all there is to Linux!

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