I cannot say how many Linux OS releases I've tried. Years ago it was Red Hat and Mandrake and others whose names fail me, though I still have the discs somewhere. Oh, yes, Fedora was one. Tried that a lot, actually, and Debian. A friend steered me to Ubuntu at release 7.04 and I have been focusing on it now for the past few years. Have almost all since, 10, 11, 12, and now 13.04. Again, hopeful and desperately wanting out of Windows - I can't consider Mac: tried, but it only requires about a half hour of review scanning on line to slam that door every time.
A month ago I installed 13.04 on both my new desktop and the new laptop. What a bunch of crap. I'm serious. I'm running a business and have no intention of hiring a Linux IT pro just to do the computer work. The breaking point this time? Trying to find, buy, and install a website development program to allow me to work the business site. Unbelievable. This stupid freaking Ubuntu One, or Cloud or whatever it is - I'm all signed up and have the account, ready to go. Locating and attempting to purchase the program (I'd LOVE to be able to try) resulted in continual lockups, repeating "Ubuntu has developed a serious internal error" (or some such rubbish - forgive my language: there is a British movie on in the background and I'm about to start talk like the Queen) and I'd get cycled back to the beginning again and again. I've spent an hour trying - and failing - to get and load what should be a simple and straightforward tool.
So again, I'm gone. These programs will never be usable by anyone who doesn't wish to be a full-time Linux pro, sitting at a terminal and wrestling with the stuttering, staggering incompetence of an operating system that is like going to sea floating on a big raft of tied planks and then trying to build a boat. I need a real computer, not a security system monitor, or a cash register, or a word processor. It has to do everything: graphics, web development, book manufacture, database, spreadsheet, and more, and flow from one to the other seamlessly. I don't have time to learn Swahili just to talk to my customers, or face a barren wasteland of available software to do the jobs I need done. What good does it do to run Linux if I'm left to install a virtual box or Windows emulator?
I'm not a stupid man, but I am running out of patience waiting for this Great Promise (and I mean that in the most sincere way possible) to bear fruit. Of course, I will continue to get each new release and try and try and try, but there are times I just shake my head and think, "Man, this is a freakin' Joke."