Hello, well I have just tried the latest Ubuntu release (4.1) after some friends convinced me. Previously I was running Windows XP, unhappy with the security problems plaguing it, curious by Linux - a friend suggested Ubuntu.
On the up side, it's quite attractive and comes with lots of apps.
However, after being told that Linux is lighter, faster and more secure, it's something of a let down. During installation it downloaded nearly 80 megabytes of security fixes - quite shocking for an OS that (as far as I know) has only been out since October!
Plus it takes quite a bit longer than XP to boot up, and the desktop feels slower. Applications are more sluggish to start as well (I used Firefox on XP before and it takes longer to start up on Linux). OpenOffice takes about 10 times longer to start than MS Office. I've made sure DMA is enabled, I've done all the tuning I can see in novice-friendly docs - but still doesn't feel as snappy as Windows (with themes and crap turned off).
I thought this was just me but it seems others are finding this, even with other distros like Mandrake and SUSE. Only help I've been given is to switch to "Fluxbox", which by the screenshots seems to be extremely limited and non-integrated. I'd rather stick with a proper desktop.
Just thought I'd let my feelings be known. I'd really like to use Linux more, and Ubuntu looked quite polished, but the boot speed, sluggish desktop and huge security updates kind of went against what I'd been told about Linux
I will try the next release - hopefully it will be better. Open source looks great but there needs to be real incentives to switch, and 80 megs of fixes two months later, and a slow boot (important on my laptop), desktop and apps won't make others happy either. I wish you all well and hope these problems are fixed!