Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 15:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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Quite simply because it will fall on deaf ears. Filing bugs is unwelcoming, hostile and extremely difficult to get any traction for my line of work (UI/X). It’s considered low priority and I get endless kickback from stuck-up geeks who can’t see anything as the end-user does.

It's funny how you people always expect free software/linux to work as you expect it to, because you know "how it should be done". However if someone states reasons why linux is more productive for them because of several reasons and that MS/Apple don't implement this, the answer is always something along the lines of: "Why would anyone want this?", "Nobody needs this", "This is not the Apple/Windows way of doing things" ...

At the same time the same people will criticise every single bug in free software saying that this bug proves how immature the platform is, but have no problem excusing serious bugs in software they paid for.

A few examples why I use linux with e17 as a window manager and why I find myself extremely annoyed when sitting in front of Windows/OSX.

No sloppy focus. I don't think it's possible to do sloppy focus in either Windows or OSX and I don't want to search google for hours to find some program which might hacks around this and probably costs $20.

I find graphical filemanagers a pain to use, for anything but the simplest file operations. CLI file operations beat graphical ones by orders of magnitude in almost all cases. (I am aware that you can use the CLI on either OSX or Windows, but I find compared to Linux they feel more like they've been glued on instead of being part of the OS, although OSX is a lot better than Windows).

I do quite a bit of experimental analysis with python/numpy/scipy. Often I find myself trying to do something where I need another python module. I simply do "apt-cache search python [something], apt-get install python-[]" I do not want to waste my time searching google for the right package. I also don't want to need to look for updates manually, I have better things to do. On a similar note, almost all the install problems on the numpy/scipy lists are about installing on OSX, so stop giving me the crap about how software installation is so simple on OSX.

The other day we had a seminar at my department cancelled, because the laptop which was being used was doing a Windows update and apparently you can't Windows can't do that in the background. The Windows admin told us we had to wait (after 20min waiting the seminar was cancelled). I upgraded my office PC from ubuntu Jaunty to Karmic while continuing to work yesterday (until I had to do one reboot).

The laptops used to control on of my experiments is running Vista (most other PCs in our department are XP), it takes >2min from pressing the on button to login screen and another ~2min from login to actually being able use the computer. I'm amazed about how that is even possible. And no I don't want to clean up the registry tweak around to make the computer more usable, I don't have to do that with my office PC. (I do have admin rights for this PC, and maybe someday I get fed up with it enough that I will).

Bottom line, stop claiming how immature, unusable, buggy ... free software is. Proprietary software has as many quirks, problems. Some of the problems might be more relevant to you, making you prefer OSX/Windows/Linux over the other, but this is subjective and might be very different for other people.

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