A few weeks ago I posted in this thread my miserable experience using Ubuntu 12.04LTS on my Sony VAIO 32bit laptop.
Here I am again to moan about using Ubuntu 12.10/64bit on a newly purchased Samsung Chronos Series 7 laptop.
I've been using Ubuntu 12.10/64bit for a couple of weeks and it's been ~ok until I did an update of ~55mb of updates. When I boot up now I just get a purple screen.
The problem started earlier when I tried to run the Chromium Broswer by clicking on the icon on the left-hand-side panel, which was installed using the "Ubuntu Software Centre".
If I opened a terminal windows and typed:
Inconsistency detected by ld.so: ../sysdeps/x86_64/dl-machine.h: 460: elf_machine_rela_relative: Assertion `((reloc->r_info) & 0xffffffff) == 8' failed!
That was the last time I booted, and now I just get a purple screen.
When I previously installed 12.04LTS I used a downloaded CD and the laptop booted from the CD. However, I spent over 2hours trying to get the Samsung laptop to boot from the CD. I read all of the Ubuntu installation instructions and Googled about booting the Samsung, but no luck.
Thus, since Win7/64bit was installed on the laptop I decided to use the Windows Installer. What a mistake! Only after completing the installation did I realise that it had installed 12.10/64bit. I do think the Windows installer should give a user the option of installing 12.04LTS/32bit, which would probably be the recommended download when downloading the install CD.
The laptop is a new model and with an NVidia gpu card and I don't think Ubuntu's support for this device was/is very good.
As I said in my previous moan I do think that the Ubuntu Community should publish recommended desktop/laptop m/cs that are known to work well and upgrades are fully tested. I do think that unless it's a Dell laptop that's a year or so old then you'll have problems - not always but as a rule.
When I install Ubuntu I just want to get on with my own work. I don't want to serve as a guinea pig and spend my time firing up the terminal window and pissing around with low-level stuff. But, regrettably this what I always seem to end up doing.
It's a shame because I like Ubuntu and have tried to get a good build m/c ever since ~version9. I have now over the past 3/4 years attempted to get a laptop working with versions 9,10,11,12,04LTS and 12.10 and each time give up after a few weeks of time wasting.
There's nothing I'd like to more than use Ubuntu but it's back to Windows/Mac for me - again. And this is the key problem for Ubuntu/Linux - I'm confident it continues to lose users time and time again. It's been an experiment for the past 20years and has now reached ~5% of the OS community but I can't see it extending far from this level unless it is shipped with systems such as Nexus7 where all of these low-level driver issues have been thoroughly resolved, tested, tested, and tested again.