Ubuntu Linux getting worse
Ubuntu 6.x. First version of Ubuntu I tried installs and works, well by works I mean as well as any other version of Linux.
Ubuntu 7.x requires huge work-arounds to get video to work to get the thing installed, and then requires the same work-arounds every few updates, and won't automatically connect to my wired network.
Ubuntu 8.04 released today, won't even start the installer without throwing "isapnp: checksum for device 1 is not valid (0×89)".
Tried two ISOs from different servers, still no joy. The troubleshooting information on the internet is weak to say the least, with suggestions like turning off hardware acceleration and reducing the RAM to 256MB being unfruitful.
And the fanboys actually want people's grandparents to install this instead of Windows! Are they nuts?
Installing Ubuntu is dead simple these days. It even installs from inside Windows.
The only reason why many Windows users can use Windows at all is because they do not have to install it. It comes pre-installed. If people lack computer skills it does not matter what the OS is. Lots of Windows users cannot even troubleshoot or maintain their own computers. The fact is that computers are a long way from being appliances. They take some work to use them.
A fully installed Linux box will have fewer problems and be easier to maintain. There are virtually no viruses, malware, or trojans. Security is far better in Linux than XP or even Vista and OS/X. You do not need to defragment the hard drive or worry about corrupting the registry and you almost never need to re-boot.
If you are going to draw comparisons to Windows then you need to get beyond superficial and unsupported time-worn put downs. Or perhaps you should stick to science.
You know hundreds of thousands of other people don't have this checksum problem, right? And you know what a checksum is?
On top of that, I don't know what windows boxes you're using. We support a few hundred, *with* antivirus software, and one will still get compromised every few months.
I've been using ubuntu since its first release. On its second release I decided to use it as the base OS of my business, combined with a virtualized version of Windows XP.
Yesterday I made a clean 8.04 hardy heron install and found out that:
1. The great KVM does not seem to work (there's a registered bug showing that virt-manager cannot install XP as it cannot read CD-ROM - which it asks for during the installation even if started from a HD iso file -).
2. Virtualbox - which I used in the latest releases of Ubuntu - doesn't work either as it doesn't capture the mouse
3. The great UFW firewall is only shell-based, no GUI, and in addition Hardy poses problems for configuring Firestarter.
4. Hardy is slower than previous versions and doesn't seem to be as stable as they were.
In other words, Ubuntu is becoming closer and closer to Windows.....but on the bad part.
If it is full of bugs and many programs are not compatible (that's why I always need virtualization), the only reason form remaining is just price.
I suggest Ubuntu guys take care with what they're doing, placing quality before meeting release dates or they will get into trouble.
Just in case, I'll be moving back to 7.10 as everything worked fine there, despite it was not an LTS.
Which is the opposite of what I have found with the latest release from Canonical, that is Hardy Heron.
To say the least I did two upgrades online, the first via the online upgrade which was initially from the release candidate and then subsequent updates and this worked to perfection with not one problem.
The second machine was upgraded via a downloaded DVD iso and online updates which has also worked to perfection.
The third PC was a brand new lower specs laptop, which was a clean install via Wubi and likewise works to perfection. To say the least it runs much faster than Vista which came preinstalled.
So from my perspective I have found it to be an overall great experience.
So I guess its a matter of perspective, in my opinion it looks like just another Ubuntu bash. I personally think if you are going to put forward criticism put it forward in a positive fashion and submit them on the correct forum if you are concerned about a progressive approach.
Hope I don't sound too negative but I can only be positive about my experience
If however, you were to install it on an actual PC, you may not have these problems, since they are VPC specific... It's not fair to blame Ubuntu for Microsoft's non-standard hardware emulation.
As far as your problems getting video to work with 7.x, again.. I've installed versions 7.x on just about every hardware I can think of with no problems... I've never had problems getting video to work with any version of Ubuntu... nor did I have any problems connecting to a wired network... wireless, yes.. but you can't fault Ubuntu for that either.. it depends on the wireless device and whether or not the manufacturer releases device drivers..
So, Ubuntu getting worse... I don't think so.. we manage hundreds of machines in our organization... what do we have problems with?? Windows.. what do we run on our personal machines here in our IT department?? Linux and OS X
I couldn't run Totem and XMMS simultaneously, the case was worse when I couldn't watch youtube when totem was running! It means ALSA there supports only one voice output.
I couldn't get my printer worked in 8.04 as well as 7.10!
By this time, I just can say a system that can't even support my printer!!! is totally useless!
Guys, Let's try Debian, the best!
I have no trouble in Debian, and I love it.