I am sure there are a lot of discussions about this, so please forgive me if I am repeating other threads and blow off steam here...
I read reviews and features about Ubuntu 12.10 and I have to admit I am very worried about the direction Ubuntu is taking: the whole Amazon desktop thing and focu on social media integration seems to me the wrong thing to do in general and personally.
I switched to Ubuntu a few years ago because of all the social media stuff and "dumbing" down that Windows is doing and because I felt that Ubuntu puts performance above "glitz". I need a clean, fast and stable system to actually do work and I am willing to deal with the compatibility issues with Windows. 12.04 was a disappointment from a stability perspective (random crashes that nobody seems to consider worth fixing), 12.10 is an even bigger disappointment from the social media/amazon perspective (plus higher CPU load when idling).
My personal preferences aside, if Ubuntu transforms into Windows - which it what is does from a desktop perspective - why should anybody buying a computer go through the hassle and take Windows off and put Ubuntu on? Appealing to a broader user base is good, the way Ubuntu 12.10 is attempting to do this is IMO not. The biggest obstacle that I have encountered using Ubuntu in a Windows-dominated business world are two:
- document compatibility issues: LibreOffice is pretty good digesting DOCX and XLSX but there are still a lot of glitches (paragraph numbering, embedded images,....).
- Lack of applications: there is no native linux project management app which is as good as MS Project and there is no diagram tool as good as Visio.
I can't figure out the reasoning behind the 12.10 direction:
1) It will IMO not entice an average computer user to switch to Ubuntu and here is why:
I think a lot of people use at home what they use at work because of familiarity (why learn two OS'es?). So if 12.10 focuses on social media integration and Amazon, why go through the hassle and switch if I get the exact same stuff with Windows out of the box?
2) it will IMO not entice a "hardcore"-like computer user to switch and here is why:
12.10 does not address any of the main obstacles of using ubuntu in a Windows world and decreases stability (compared to 10.04), so why should I go there?
I would have hoped that the development focuses on compatibility, stability and needed applications, not on what I consider to be "glitz"
Not that it's going to make a difference, but I do want to let the people responsible for Ubuntu's direction know that I do feel pretty alienated by 12.xx and seriously consider an alternative distro.
P.S.: I know all the difficulties being more compatible with Windows data and MS data formats, however, that does not change the fact that these issues are by far the biggest obstacle.