I've been using Ubuntu for some time now, and I can't help but notice the endless plethora of problems I'm faced with. Most (but not all) are non-fatal, and the rest are simply annoying. Here are a few examples.
There was a MAC address cloning bug that still remains unfixed. It makes you unable to spoof your MAC address when you're connecting to a hotspot.
On a newer computer, I got no sound even though everything appeared to be working correctly. Nothing was muted in alsamixer, and the hardware obviously has no problems (it works perfectly in Windows). Ubuntu 14.04 and ubuntu 16.06 both failed. I tried to install the latest Alsa driver, but even though a help page clearly said there was supposed to be a .deb file, there wasn't. I tried to compile the tar.gz's extracted contents, and it errored out with a bug so obscure not even Google could find anything about it. See this post for details: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...4#post13459144
In response to the sound problem, someone suggested trying 16.04 beta. A sensible suggestion; perhaps Skylake motherboards are too new. But then, Startup Disk Creator, when used on Ubuntu 14.04 to create a bootable USB drive for Ubuntu 16.06, makes the disc unbootable. I saw people reporting this bug from at least 4 years ago, and it's still not fixed for some reason!
I had to burn the image to a DVD to get it to work. When I finally managed to do this, the installation hung at the purple screen. nodemoset didn't fix it.
Disks, a program included by default with Ubuntu, frequently runs into problems when formatting disks.
On Ubuntu 12.04, dragging icons to the desktop results in a lock icon on them. You then have to change the ownership of the file in order to even get it to run. The casual user who just finds a shortcut on the dash and then drags it to a more easily accessible spot would never think to try this! On Android you drag an icon out, and it just works! You wouldn't need to manual to read (not that there is one for Ubuntu) to figure out how to unlock those icons.
Desktop icon arrangement, compared to Google or even Android, is stupefyingly unintuitive. There's no grid to line up to, and the icons don't stop at the places you've dragged them to. Half a decade later? Same problem.
These are only a few of the numerous problems I've run into. And this is on 12.04 and 14.04; stable versions of probably the most wideless used Linux distro. I am not fond of Windows, but I have to get my work done, and these problems aren't helping when I can't fix one even after wasting a week of time Googling for solutions. There's no official reference to turn to for those problems; just experienced users who seem to have spent even more time than I have poking and prodding at every aspect of the operating system until they find a solution. How I wish there was a book that had all the answers. I don't care how gigantic it is. I would read it if it was a panacea. How do they do it? I could grow old just fixing the most basic problems. Yet these users seem to have read every man page in existence.
I could list countless other problems that I've encountered over the years. These few don't even begin to do justice to the frustration I've endured; the countless man-hours I've wasted trying to fix the most simple of problems just to get my work done. Just when I think I've found some stability - some peace of mind - with an LTS version, I either need a new computer or a new version is released, and the nightmare begins all over again. My blood pressure has probably risen 20 points just from the problems of the last 3 days; is it really too much to ask just to get my speakers to play sound?
Yet there appears to be a thriving community of users. Unless some massive Skynet is faking these posts, hypertension and frustration have apparently not yet wiped out Ubuntu users. So how do the rest of you manage?