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  1. #1
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    Angry Why does nothing work

    Ubuntu used to be my favorite OS, since number 8 or 9 ive used it. And ever since the unity mess was added its going way down hill!! does anyone agree. Im now on the latest version and have less features than i did when on version 9 for instance. Just recently ive come to find the music player does not work. Just crashes when trying to play a song. I get a box popping up telling me there has been a system error when i first boot up.

    Please ubuntu, fix your OS. stop with this idea that unity is the way to go. its slow, clunky and un-necessary, plus it takes up too much screen, with the apple bar on the left and that other apple like bar running along the top of the screen . Gnome-Do kicks it ass. its simple and does all unity can do. Do just looks better. And stop breaking things man. How can you go to something that was nice and working well. To the bug ridden mess heap you have out now.

    What other OS's do people recommend? Im looking for something without pannels or dock bars plastered all over the place. And something which will work well with compiz
    Last edited by oldos2er; October 29th, 2013 at 05:06 PM. Reason: Please watch your language.

  2. #2
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    Re: Why does nothing work

    I still run Xubuntu on my desktop (13.10) and it seems to do pretty much all I need.

    However, I'm trialling Manjaro on my laptop, based on Arch so is completely rolling-release.

    If I can get Samba working as easily as I do on Buntu, it may become my distro of choice.

    Nothing against Buntu, it's served me really well for the past several years, but I think rolling is the way I'd rather go.

  3. #3
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    Re: Why does nothing work

    Have you used Ubuntu 12.04LTS, its the most stable distro around with long term support. Everything works on it because it uses packages that are thoroughly tested.

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    yeah i have tried 12.04LTS and was using it for a while. It did do something that kept annoying me though. i cant remember. Im done with Ubuntu. Just looking in to other things i can try. May try this PearOS. A friend said it was ok. Ive never heard of it though

  5. #5
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    Re: Why does nothing work

    PearOS is Cool but it is basically Ubuntu Reskinned to look like OSX!

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    If you want a simple and clean desktop, use the window manager Openbox without any panels. Just right-click on the grey background and start a terminal emulator and start your applications from there. If you want panels with smaller foot-print, try Xubuntu as suggested by hattpa or Lubuntu with even smaller foot-print.

    In Lubuntu you can select a plain Openbox session at the log in screen. The standard Lubuntu session uses the desktop environment LXDE which is turn uses Openbox plus a panel at the bottom of the screen (similar to Windows Classic).

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    What works well with compiz? Also, is there any way to get older versions of ubuntu working again, like so they update. As if i install say 9 Now, il just get errors that it cant reach the repos all the time. If i could get that all up and running again id be happy.

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    I think you should try some completely different distros for some weeks. You will find that some things are better than Ubuntu, and some are worse. There is no perfect distro, but I hope you can find one that suits you well.

    Knoppix is a distro that works well with old hardware and is using compiz.

    No you cannot walk backwards along the time-line. After the end of life, there is no more support of that old Ubuntu version.
    Last edited by sudodus; October 29th, 2013 at 04:38 PM.

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    If you install 9 or any other EOL version, you won't be able to get updates. I use 12.04 LTS modified with my desktop of choice. I think that's your optimum solution.
    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

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    Re: Why does nothing work

    Not a support request; moved to Ubuntu, Linux, and OS Chat.

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