I never once thought I would say this in my lifetime... Late submission.
It feels like I'm discovering atheism all over again and dropping religion as my conscious awakens to a greater truth. I never once thought I would say this in my lifetime, but Ubuntu just completely and utterly sucks
. More specifically, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS precise pangolin is the one version I have a beef with, the previous releases were completely ok (exception of 11.04). I haven't given up hope yet, I believe there is still hope for other flavors. But for now, I feel humiliated to being forcibly dragged back to Windows Vista, this OS I have thought abhorrent in the past for its restrictions, lack of performance and expensive maintenance. Now Ubuntu stands accused of the same: huge restrictions, lack of performance and expensive maintenance. Hello again software weird restrictions, horrid and lengthy windows updating/boot time, freezes/non responsive applications and BSOD etc... You no longer scare me.
I can speculate that Canonical/Mark Shuttleworth is finally tired of only having a small user base in the computer market and took drastic measures in a attempt to attract a special clientele ie n00bs in order to grow their market share. I say noobs because Ubuntu seems to be set up from the get go, no easy way to do modifications and you work with what you have, therefore an OS for n00bs. The latest linux release seems to be optimized for latest computers 64-bit. I guess there is no problem with trying to be progressive. In my honest opinion, it feels like Ubuntu is moving to becoming a nanny
operating systems. That's right no more thrills in learning about CLI, graphic tweaks or scripting, Ubuntu will do everything out of the box. You can't change anything unless you want it to blow up in your face. Ubuntu now looks like an entertainment OS. less geared for real productivity with the new sluggish performance. An entertainment OS with no real gaming :)...
To be frank, the unity idea is a good one, it did improve in 12.04, as long as you're willing to wait after it to find your search request (same experience with the scaled down 2D environment). I was hurt in the past when they rendered compiz useless with the new interface, but to reshuffle everything and ridding of some key code that really helped with power management for old hardware??? Not cool, not in the least!!! And they have introduced a new learning curve with the new stuff, and frankly I doubt the old generation's motivation in going through it. I wouldn't be motivated either for good reason and I am not, simply because I worry a lot what the future decision Canonical Shuttleworth will take. Also this could be confirmation bias, but the bug section of launchpad is really active lately. Now you might be wondering why I am not downgrading or just switching to a different Linux distro or simply use gnome (very buggy) instead of unity interface. Well I am tired, I totally lost my patience to deal and risk possible disappointments when tinkering with other Linux distributions. Ubuntu was my baby!!! For now at least, I have a working up to date operating system (Windoo$e) that is currently beating Ubuntu in user experience and stability.
Matt should remember he still has a big following who now probably feel rejected by the new 'shitty' functionalities coming in. Forget your old hardware or be prepared to face numerous bug issues with your machine.
I seriously miss the old Ubuntu versions, especially 10.04 LTS. I discovered the wonderful world of open source with Ubuntu Karmic 9.04, the freedom I had in usability and productivity was just incredible. Imagine free photoshop, free microsoft office, free operating systems, no weird end user agreements, security, performance boost after migration from Windows etc... I am not much of a gamer, so Ubuntu was a perfect fit for me. I miss being able to easily tweak my operating system to look and do however/whatever I wanted and being able to learn new things from the CLI, scripting, online browsing and overall security. Most of that is still present in the new version but I can't help but feel that I have lost all the good things now.
Hey Mark, thanks for the slap in the face asshole.
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