I'm trying to lure a new user, Keith, to here. He used to work at or with Microsoft, much like me, knows a thing or two about development, and now uses Ubuntu. He's new to the whole Linux scene. His website is below and I found out about him on lxer.com:
Anyway, he posts the following things that bug him about Ubuntu. I was wondering if anyone wanted to comment and perhaps give him advice, in case he wants to come here. I've emailed him personally and invited him to come here. Regardless of whether he comes here or not, many other users of Ubuntu may benefit from what you have to say. Here's Keith's list of problems/bugs with Ubuntu:
(pulled from http://keithcu.com/wordpress/?page_id=15)
* Multimedia often skips or doesnï¿½t display properly in the browser
* Sleep and hibernate donï¿½t work on my hardware yet
* Gnome will mount NTFS, and create an icon on my desktop, but I canï¿½t browse it because of permission problems
* Enabling external monitors isnï¿½t easy
* Remote printing requires manual textfile configuration
* Installing non-free software or drivers requires lots of manual work
* Driver bugs, some hangs and crashes
* apt-get dist-upgrade hosed my machine (had to do a fresh install)
* ogg-vorbis is 5x slower at encoding a CD compared to Windows Media
* The 802.11 network admin tool is completely broken. It is incredibly slow and there are huge pauses when there shouldnï¿½t be, when I create or update a location, the settings donï¿½t persist, and I canï¿½t get it to connect to encrypted access points. If I could fix one thing in Ubuntu, it would be this. Iï¿½m tempted to download the code, crank up the debugger and have a look around. However, I canï¿½t believe other people havenï¿½t noticed these issues already. I wonder how many Ubuntu people arenï¿½t running Breezy or use iwconfig?
* Install needs network access. It lets you specify the WEP key, but not the SSID. In my apartment, there are 15 802.11 networks!
* Both save to RAM and hibernate to disk donï¿½t work.
* The fingerprint reader doesnï¿½t work.
* I canï¿½t get the external monitor to work. I believe I might be able to edit some config file, but I donï¿½t have the time nor expertise to figure that out.
* I can plug my DVD-ROM drive in after I boot, but Ubuntu wonï¿½t recognize it till I restart.
* My laptop has two batteries, yet the battery monitor only shows one.
* It is harder to install Java than any other piece of software on my computer. Iï¿½ll bet Scott McNealy couldnï¿½t do it.
* I canï¿½t get remote printing to work, local printing is okay.UPDATE: I had to edit a textfile but now it works!!
* The menus are way better than fedora but still a little too complicated. System tools, System administration and System preferences?!
* I wasnï¿½t able to turn off certain system sounds. I had to turn them all off. Most of the beating drums and other sounds were annoying anyway.
* OpenOffice understands a small subset of the hotkeys of Word.
* Can BASH use Ctrl-c for copy like the rest of Linux?
* The on-screen display for increasing screen brightness and such doesnï¿½t work.
* I put GAIM, Thunderbird and Firefox into my startup programs for my session with priorites below 50, and when I did that, the shell wouldnï¿½t boot properly.
* I have to start the Beagle daemon every time I launch the applet. Iï¿½ve not successfully used it yet.
* Iï¿½ve configured my desktop and themes and such but even so, on startup it shows brown. I canï¿½t kill all the brown!
* Kino cannot open ASF even though Totem can (once I installed the w32codecs)
* It was hard work to get the realplayer installed. I think I gave up on following Ubuntuï¿½s instructions and just went to Realï¿½s website.
* Ubuntu sometimes hangs on my hyperthreaded server on startup while trying to load the LVM.
* Ubuntu didnï¿½t install the MP kernel on my MP machine. Fedora did. The MP 686 kernel is in the repository, so it isnï¿½t much workï¿½
* Iï¿½ve had a few hard crashes on my laptop, when playing around with IWConfig.
* My .ICEAuthority permissions got reset somehow and the graphical logon was broken. I reset the permissions and all was well.