Ivor O’Connor

December 10, 2009

Why Ubuntu Sucks: Part III

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:03 pm

On the positive what Ubuntu screweth up last week, or the week before, they fixed today. Now I can actually view my Ubuntu folders from other computers. Like I’ve been able to do for years before they “fixed” things.

Now however Ubuntu is turning in to windows. Every update seems to require a reboot. Why is that? Is Bill Gates sabotaging Ubuntu? Are his moles working there?

I was going to say something positive about Ubuntu’s print drivers yesterday. They seem to have improved with 9.10. I was able to print on my Brother MFC-8660DN. In real time! That was yesterday though. Today a single page has taken over 30 minutes to print. If I reboot the printer I believe the print job will print out. Seems Ubuntu print drivers do not clean up after a successful print and require the printer to be rebooted. What did I say about nerds not testing things?

Fortunately, because now windows can again see the shared folders in Ubuntu, I can use the print drivers in windows to print the documents in Ubuntu. As opposed to having to print them to pdf on Ubuntu and manually move them to M$ before printing… (Back in the 80s and 90s I would never have guessed things would still be so bad in the year 2009/2010!!!)

A new gripe! Actually an old gripe that’s gotten worse is Ubuntu’s inability to remember screen configurations. Basically after every boot I must turn off “mirror screens”, click the off radio button to the laptop screen which is physically closed, and then set the resolution to 1920×1200 on the display monitor. Every single time. It used to forget once in a while with earlier releases of Ubuntu but 9.10 forgets every single time. Synergy then thinks I have a dinky laptop screen and so the mouse no longer uses the whole screen. To get around this I must restart synergy.

All this is due to Ubuntu not testing their software. Just a bunch of kids getting to develop with no thought of ever testing.

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3 Comments »

  1. I think one of the great things about Linux is that you can almost always move to a new distribution that better fits your needs, without too much difficulty. Or even better, you can contribute to the existing distribution to help improve it, even if you are not a programmer.

    I have to agree that there are several things I don’t like about Ubuntu as well, but at the same time, it fits an important Linux Niche, which is a lowered barrier of entry. In filling this essential niche, I think the guys at canonical do a pretty good job.

    Comment by kipling0912 — December 10, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  2. Unfortunately Ubuntu is as good as Linux gets from a users point of view.

    Comment by ioconnor — December 10, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

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