Been using Ubuntu since 2005 and found it to be very good with great improvements in user friendliness up to 2010. Since then it seems to be getting more & more difficult to use with a lot of problems being encountered.
Examples are the inability of 2011 onwards versions to easiy recognise my HP all in one scanner; updates repeatedly over-riding my settings; updates repeatedly causing crashes; Firefox insisting on starting with the last page accessed despite setting its preferences to always open on my home page; sound not automatically switching off the speakers when earphones are plugged in (reboot is necessary).
I've tried various versions of Ubuntu itself and Linx Mint and keep getting these annoying problems and am wondering if there may be some malicious activity involved to drive users away from Ubuntu!
Can anyone explain what is going on or recommend a user friendly alternative?