I found this thing called hotwire but haven't been able to figure out exacly what it does, but it's supposed to make the terminal easier to use
All I can really think of is a friendly little welcome message when you load up the terminal describing a few basic principals. Then, chastising the nooblet for accidentally opening the terminal in the first place, telling them it must have been a mistake, and closing it automatically.
OK, maybe not those last three ideas...
It looks like a good step.
Agreed.Then, chastising the nooblet for accidentally opening the terminal in the first place, telling them it must have been a mistake, and closing it automatically.
I have a complaint based on a problem I'm having with Ubuntu 7.10. First, I figure I'll mention the problem.
I'm trying to get my wireless network card, under 7.10, to go online. The network I'm trying to access uses WEP for wirless security. It sounds like a joke I know but the network is not run by me and is not under my control.
Anyway, Ubuntu 7.10 has added all these extra programs like WPA suppliant and NetworkManager that are suppose to make connecting to networks or the Internet so much easier and sure enough all that new software sees the available networks and ask that I sign on.
Now when I do this for the network I'm trying to access a window pops up asking for the WPA code. A menu gives me several more options, including using a 64 or 128 WEP Hex key. I dutifully enter the information and the NetworkManager dutifully tries to connect me to the network, but, alas, it cannot.
I then try to manually enter the necessary data but that doesn't work either.
In brief, it appears that some of that software involved in automatically configuring a wireless network connection is not allowing me to access a WEP secured wireless network.
This problem is in contrast to the easiness of me manually configuring my wireless adapter under Ubuntu 6.10 to access the network and the Internet as I am now doing with a Ubuntu 6.10 LiveCD.
So, I guess what I have to say to say to Ubuntu is please don't break things that work pretty well as you rush to make things more easier for the average user and that is my only complaint... for today that is.
After about 8 months of using Ubuntu, and reading lots and lots of stuff in the forums, my best advice is for the next version to do everything it can to make Ubuntu wifi configuration a cake walk.
Honestly, look at the number of people who are constantly asking about how to get broadcom or other wifi cards to work. It's the biggest stumbling block I can see. Especially when you consider that access to Internet is essential to getting Ubuntu up and running well.
I understand your point -- users shouldn't have to, and really don't have to know about the directory structure. My wife, for example, hasn't a clue, and doesn't care. She is barely aware that the computer that she uses ports Ubuntu, and doesn't care either, as long as she can surf, use email, and pay bills. That probably says a lot about the maturity of the platform. However, I've found a better understanding helpful.
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I have two.
1) This is about liveCDs. ISOLINUX is nice but it doesn't support older hardware. I was wanting to put puppy on my old computer but it won't boot because it needs ISOLINUX. I think something needs to be done because Syslinux works on said hardware so why not ISOLINUX?
2) Source code access. I find it extremely confusing to locate source code for OSS. If there were a simple way to organize source code from projects (to download, manage, compile, etc.) it would be much easier to work on them. It would also help self-teaching programmers (like myself) learn by example more easily.
That's pretty much it. I think Linux is the best OS available today.
Anyway, my criticisms for Ubuntu:
I've been away from Linux for a while as I've gotten my new gaming PC up and running to replace my old junker. Last I used Ubuntu was the very late betas of Feisty, and frankly, they were better than Gutsy is. Here's why, and how I think it could be fixed:
-Firefox: Everything about it seems broken now. Plugin installation is a pain, you have to edit etc/hosts to even allow you to install extensions or themes from Mozilla. Yes, you can download some of the more popular ones via add/remove programs, but the key word there is "some". Not to mention it's a bit of a workaround--I prefer to install mine through Firefox. Others may prefer the add/remove option, but that's no reason to disable or inhibit the other.
-Compiz: Yeah, it's nice to have it enabled by default. It is rather annoying about the restricted drivers having to be manually enabled first, but I can live with it (though why not include restricted drivers as an "optional" update through the update manager? Unselected by default? I hate having to wait forty minutes while it updates before I can do anything about installing applications or fixing the annoying restricted drivers.) Once I can actually get it running, though, it's a pain to figure out how the hell I'm supposed to configure it. Eventually I come to find that the CCSM has been renamed "Advanced Desktop Effects Settings" and is not installed by default. I knew I needed CCSM, but that's not what it's listed as in the Add/Remove list. Why not? Or why not have it installed by default? Or at least SOME semblance of options for the effects? I know very few people who use the default settings for Compiz. So why cripple it?
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