Re: 13.04 should be dedicated to performance.
I agree with this-but not just performance. We need to have the One Hundred Paper Cuts project again-fix usability issues that annoy everybody. Specifically, this is what I would like to see:
1. Better driver support, and the option to install drivers direct from the manufacturer during the install. Also, make new open source drivers for devices where the manufacturers only support Windows. One place where this is really an issue is in the wireless card category-that seems to be the cause of half the problems here.
2. Default to text-based installer if the video card is unusable with the built in drivers (and also have the text based installer as an option in some menu). This would really be good since the text based installer CD is being revoked, so why not integrate it with the regular CD?
3. Speed. I remember when I first booted 12.04 from 11.10. 30 second boot time increase. Still 30 seconds faster than Windows, but every second feels like an ice age, regardless of how long it takes. Also, many people who try Ubuntu do so because Windows has grown to fast for their machines to keep up. Lets try to keep our bragging rights that we are much more efficient than Windows.
4. Sleep mode. This must be improved-I hate having to close everything because I have to restart LightDM just due the lock screen not showing up when I open the lid of my laptop.
5. Better gaming controller support. Specifically, I would like to see a GUI for Xbox PC controller drivers-I can not figure it out to save my own life, and some games do not support it or use weird keys, and others have partial support for the Xbox controller (like Portal under Steam under Wine).
6. A new group management system GUI would be nice. Although I can use the built in terminal group manager just fine, for new users it can be daunting, adding themselves to groups just to be able to perform certain tasks. I know this because I was once trying to figure out what the heck a usergroup was.
But, all of these are just suggestions. Still, they are common gripes that are probably the biggest source of frustration for the average user.
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