Is the famous quality drive announced by Mark Shuttleworh just talk or is Canonical suffering from the famous manageritus, where the process gets more important then the end result. I am using a Dell Inspiron 1521 64 bits and since 8.04 I have been using it for Ubuntu. I always defended Ubuntu and also the move to Unity already since 11.04, but lately I get more and more disappointed. I have a few examples which make me doubt:
- For the first time since 8.04 the installation of 12.10 on my 1521 crashed.
- After re-installing 12.04.1 for the first time no wired network nor wireless network were available on my 1521.
- After reporting regressions on 13.04 using Conky on i915 driver, the reply from Canonical itself was: "getting same on nvidia here, so not sure if it's a real bug". I did have the correct behavior with 11.04, 11,10, 12.04, 12.10. Linux Mint 14 or ZorinOS 6.1 on more computers including Virtualbox, but the bug has been marked as incomplete.
- I had the same type of behavior, reporting a freeze on the i915, I provide the information they asked for and after that they asked me to run "apport-collect", which crashed because of a known bug related to python 2 or 3. Happily they reported the freeze directly as incomplete, possibly to improve their QA statistics.
The GUI improvement from 12.04 to 12.10 and to 13.04 (till today) are neglectable, while the driver support is getting worse. For bugs it seems they concentrate on getting the bugs out of the books, instead of solving the underlying problems. It is a pity, that now Ubuntu becomes a commercial success, Ubuntu seems to be technically over the hill.