Ivor O’Connor

October 31, 2009

Why Ubuntu Sucks

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 11:05 am

Perhaps the question “Where Ubuntu Does Not Suck” should be discussed. It is free which is very good. It has standard Unix commands which is very good. It has the best geek tools available. Very few viruses. That’s pretty much it.

On the negative side.

  1. Anything graphical sucks on Ubuntu. Ubuntu uses an ancient set of bad programs to handle the screen. We aren’t talking about something from 2001. Or even 1995. It goes back to the early 1970s. Can you say “clunky and slow”? It’s worse than that. Some say it’s beyond bad because the drivers for graphic cards are proprietary. This means that instead of using the CPUs on the graphical cards hardware to drive the pixels every pixel is calculated by the CPU instead. And remember the CPU is using programs from the 1970s. Hence you’ll often see processes like “gs” using 100% of the first CPU and “socket” taking 100% of the second CPU. What does this mean to you the user? It means it can take 10 seconds to update a simple click of a box in firefox. It can take 30 seconds or more to alt-tab to another window. And this is on machines with 4GBs and 2000+ MHz dual CPUs.
  2. Almost all peripheral hardware is not supported. Sure you can find the hardware you want on the officially “supported hardware lists” but it’s not really supported. Take my printers. All of them are supposedly fully supported. None of them work worth a crap unless driven by M$. Sure the laser printer will print off a single color page or two. Give it a 6 page color PDF and it may or may not get around to printing it during the next few hours. Print it from M$ and it’s done within seconds.  Same thing with FAXing, scanning, etc.. So very pathetic. Ubuntu is so bad you must have a separate M$ machine to handle the peripherals.
  3. The best new software, whatever the topic, rarely gets ported from M$ and the Mac to Ubuntu. If you need this software then you’ll need a token M$ machine.
  4. Generally horrible support. There’s practically no documentation on anything. Either you are good with computers and can find enough hints by googling to fix your problems or you should not use Ubuntu. It is that simple. However it is funny in a bad way to watch the various fly-lords in IRC and such tell others with about the same experience to RTFM.





  1. 1. What exacly are you talking about ?
    2. That is your individual opinion, not confirmed by the Ubuntu society.
    3. We can say only about porting from Linux to Ubuntu distro, or from Windows/Max to Linux. I havent heard about porting from Windows to Ubuntu -> its non-sense.
    4. Oh-My-God. Ubuntu is well-known for being pretty well supported. Many times looking something not connected with Ubuntu, I came across ubuntuforum.org. And the same is with Debian, which is very similar, so sometimes solutions can be the same ones.

    Comment by wróbel — November 1, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  2. 1. ?
    2. ?
    3. ?
    4. Uh yeah, Ubuntu is by far the best distro. Unfortunately it has a long long long ways to go before the graphics, peripheral support, and first rate commercial applications will be available for us poor orphaned non M$/Mac users.

    Comment by ioconnor — November 1, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

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