Re: New Ubuntu User Observations...
Most people don't experience the problem you describe. Adding PPAs has always "just worked" for me, although it mystifies me why the terminal method is so ridiculously easy and the GUI method is so cumbersome. What PPAs have you been trying to add? If they no longer exist, that would explain the error messages.
Originally Posted by artphotodude
Seriously, the repository system is fantastic. You don't need to go trawling through the web to find software, and then have to trust that it's not infested with malware. When there are new updates to your programs you will receive them through the normal update system, rather than have a dozen update daemons popping up (one for each program) as on Windows.
PPAs aren't ideal; it would be better to have finer-grained control over what packages you want to see from a particular PPA, and it would be better to get new major versions from the regular repositories instead of through PPAs. But it's a pretty good system, so much better than downloading software from websites manually, and this is the first time I've heard anyone say that they've had trouble with it.
You can download packages and install them manually. Dependencies will still be resolved through the repositories, if this isn't what you want you can download the dependencies manually too... but then it gets complicated. I won't go into it now, but there's some pretty good reasons why a program package doesn't contain everything it needs, hence dependencies. PM me if you really want to know.
I've never felt like I've had much confidence in the partitioner in the Ubuntu installer, either. Fortunately, my needs are simple.
5. The partitioner needs to be able to deal with newer hard drives better. When using the install partitioner, it failed to see the format of the laptop drive I was installing on and wound up miss-matching somewhat. Gparted
needs to be in the initial install setup (or at least a light version of it). One of the systems I created will forever read as 'Not Clean' in the Gui Disk Utility because of this - though the Terminal version seems to be able to see everything is OK. Also, there needs to be a way to commit to partition changes from the installer, without having to install at that time. It seems impossible to setup swap space AND do full-disk encryption.
It's not ludicrous. It's just a different way of doing things; on Linux there are lots of places and everything has its place. You'll probably find that the extra star maps go into .stellarium (a hidden folder in your home directory) or, if there are multiple users on your computer who will all want the maps, into a folder like /usr/share/stellarium. That's a fairly standard place, BTW: /usr/share/programname for most of the files you would have found in Application Data or Application Support in OS X.
6. I can deal with not having a real Applications/Programs
folder, but not having an Application Data
or Application Support
folder is ludicrous. I have Stellarium on OSX and the extra Star Maps are well over 1GB, but I cannot copy these (universally compatible) files to Ubuntu because there is no way to identify where Ubuntu stores extras, dependences and support files.
It makes it easier for all icons to be in one of two places, and all application launchers to be in one of two places, and all libraries to be in one of three places, and all manual pages to be in one place, etc. That way, the associated systems can find what they want without having to look through the whole disk.
Most of the time you won't need to delve into folders like this, either.
You're right, it's a ridiculous limitation. Application developers blame X, X developers blame the application developers, but the problem never gets fixed and it's been with Linux and Unix since the beginning. You can download a clipboard manager which will do what you want to do, but the fact that the Gnome desktop doesn't ship with one and Ubuntu doesn't ship with one is seriously embarassing.
7. Ubuntu isn't alone in this these days, but it is never cool to have the clipboard clear copied data when the source is closed. It should persist long enough to be copied to where it is going.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.