Okay, this was my 4th attempt with Ubuntu. Probably not last but for the next year I'm going to use primarily Windows.
What happened this time?
I'm (un)lucky to have iPod nano 6. I wasn't able to transfer music to it using Ubuntu. I have tried :
- using wine to install iTunes
- run virtual machine with XP and iTunes on it
- use apps from Ubuntu Software Center
Since I don't add new music to the iPod very often I decided to install Windows on another partition.
My girlfriend likes to watch movies with subtitles. All I had to do on Windows was setup eg. VLC (but there is plenty of other programs which can handle it). It wasn't that easy on Ubuntu. I've tried with Parole, xine and a few others. Some didn't displayed subtitles at all, on others subs were disappearing after 10-20 minutes of playing a movie or were characters encoding was messed up. Since then we watch movies on her PC and mine I use only for watching show she isn't interested in.
My PC is quite old and I'm using Xubuntu 12.10 in it. When I download programs from Ubuntu Software Center I have to go through all categories (Accessories, Office etc.) to find freshly downloaded app. Sometimes it's not even listed there so I go back to USC to find hint on what I need to type in terminal in order to launch it. Sometimes even that fails and I have to Google on how to launch the app.
I was using Shotwell for managing photos. What surprised me the most was that when I was browsing through pictures and DELETE key wasn't deleting pictures. What's more there was no option for deleting file at all. I've found out that it was posted as a ug on Launchpad couple of years ago. Finally I've decided to use gThumb it looks worse than Shotwell but at least it offers removing files.
I wont write about how long I've tried (and failed) to find drivers for my laptop's camera.
Today I've downloaded new album which I wanted to have on my iPod. After downloading it I've found out that my NTFS partition wasn't mounted...
- Quick googling for reminding how to use mount. Success? No, partition was visible but I wasn't able to write on it
- Quick googling for CHOWN; trials, errors and nothing...
- Google advised to install ntfs-config; unmounted partition, mounted again. No progress.
- Idea! Let's copy mp3s to usbstick and then from Windows import it to iTunes! The same problem: not able to write on (FAT16) usbstick. Damn!
- I was about to shutdown Ubuntu and download album again on Windows but I've decided to give it one more try. After opening folder to which NTFS partition was mounted (magicaly) I was able to save files there.
Don't get me wrong: I love Ubuntu, philosophy behind it and it's community but there are these little things which makes it extremely hard for me to use it.
But that was it. I had enough. I need a break.