I'm a Ubuntu user since first versions.
After testing so many distros for a long time, I was quite happy that at last there was a desktop version of Linux that would work almost without any problem and was easy to use for beginners but keeping all the power that linux can offer.
I liked a lot that most of the hardware was detected and configured properly (no more dealing with compiling drivers or kernels just for something to work) and that the system was stable enough having the latest open source software (which was the only way to move $$Windows$$ users to freedom).
Well, yesterday after installing new version, I had the feeling that I was back to those days when linux was far from a operating system for everyone and were likely to end up going into bed at 5am with a big headache after been trying to configure the system to support your latest and nice graphic card.
I found among other things this issues after installing ubuntu:
- Repositories were either not working or very slow (meaning that the installation will take a lot lot lot time to configure apt)
- System is quite slow compared to old versions (lots of unnecessary services and app's running as default from the beginning)
- Evolution server process took my CPU to 80% most of the times I started ubuntu (having to kill the process to be able to for example, surf the web)
- Firefox 3.0 (Even slower than older version, why use the beta already in a production system??? Marketing may be???)
- One of the most annoying things was that I was unable to mount NTFS partitions from external usb devices. (There is a permission issue with ntfs-3g)
- Also I activated restricted drivers for my ATI card as usual and when I restarted resolution was set to something like twice the resolution supported by my monitor (having to edit xorg config files by hand)
- Desktop image and icons will not appear randomly sometimes when you start gnome (having to log out and back again for them to appear)
- Apt-get gives an error when updating repositories because is unable to access /restricted Translation-en_US and some others, so installing an application using apt is almost impossible.
Probably, some or most of this issues happend to me or a few people only or just because of my specific hardware configuration) but I really doubt that everyone that installed ubuntu did not have to deal at least with one of the issues above (or others I did not encour)
Ubuntu team should prepare and check more the distro before releasing it and if the servers cannot handle all the load that is required for the amount of users that are going to download/install this. They should find an alternative solution or improve their networks before releasing it. I'm sure that I like many others, we wouldn't mind to donate some money for servers if needed.
So now the question is? It is worth to fix all that issues and keep using ubuntu hoping that in the future things will get better or should I go back to the good old debian?
I'd like to hear your comments
PD: Sorry for my bad english