Quittinh Linux and going back to Mac OS? Please help me not to...
After almost one year of (first testing, then) using the several versions of Ubuntu, I became a Linux defender and loving Ubuntu, because:
- I love the concept of free and open source software
- I hate Apple's attitude, sometimes even worse than Microsoft's
- There are really great free or open-source apps that are at least as good as the commercial rivals, like GIMP, LibreOffice and, of course, Thunderbird and Firefox, which are the standards, among others
- The ability to configure almost anything as you wish, especially with Kubuntu, is amazing and lets you feel that you own the OS, and not the opposite
- In a general way, it can be as effective as Mac OS and sometimes even better, especially with everything correctly set up
- I felt many times that it could be faster on PPC Macs than Mac OS iself.
- Having to use Linux software with a PPC, I feel too many times that I belong to a dying species... Many important apps won't work (most of Google's, Dropbox, Flash players, etc.).
Regarding this, I began to think about buying a new Intel PC, delete the Windows stuff (I never used Windows at home, I never bought a Windows computer, and Windows is definitely garbage), and installing a fresh Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Linux Mint, for instance. I would have a modern computer with a wonderful system. I even could run Word (sometimes I have to because people insist in using it and the formatting isn't always compatible with LibreOffice) and other stuff with Wine, which again I can't with PowerPC.
- I always have some difficult time with my graphic card (a NVIDIA Geforce 6200). I can't have the 1440x900 resolution working (unlike with Mac OS in the same computer). Video playing is always a problem.
- I feel sometimes that the computer is slow, although it has an upgraded 1,6 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM, which should be enough to run smoothly. It's true that I use Kubuntu, known for being the heaviest of the flavors. But it's the only one that is really configurable and can be as nice, or even nicer, than Mac OS in my opinion. The alternatives are Unity and Gnome-Shell, which seem to be trying to learn again everything that KDE (or Mac OS) has been doing for a long time, or the rather limited Xubuntu or Lubuntu.
Today, I was trying to watch some videos I recorded with my picture camera (not high-res videos) and that I copied to the computer. It was a disaster. With VLC I could hear the sound but the image wouldn't move. With Miro it did nothing. Dragon Player crashed. Avidemux had bits of sound mixed with bits of image...
Then I thought: are the graphic card and the processor really so bad? Am I sentenced to buy a new computer just to watch some low-quality videos? Well, let's try it with Mac OS...
Fisrtly, there was the goog old Finder: very fast (nothing to do with Dolphin), readily available, very logical... just drag and drop the files without worries. Then, the playing: Quicktime just opened the videos and played them smoothly, with a clear image without bumps, and with a great sound compared to what I had heard with Kubuntu.
So.. I'm thinking about not giving up this computer and give to my child, but just use it with Mac OS again. It just works.
But I don't want to. So, if you have any suggestions for having a fast Ubuntu, with a smooth video playing, I appreciate. I don't need suggestions like "just use Lubuntu or Xubuntu". I want a system that is at least as good (graphically, etc.) as Mac OS, like Kubuntu or even Ubuntu (Unity and Gnome-Shell) can be. Anyway, I don't think that the video would work better on those "light" Ubuntu's.
I love Linux and I hate Apple. But I'm tired of fighting against the computer for simple things. So help me, please.
Ubuntu 13.04 (Gnome Classic) running on a PowerMac G4 (Sawtooth); Kubuntu 13.04 running on a Macbook 2,1