I am using Linux on the Desktop now for about 7 years. I'm not a Linux person, my favorite operating system still is Windows (explained in various blog entries already), as can be seen for example by the poor maintained Linux backends of software written by me (fortunately some other nice talented people
are now doing this for me). From time to time I am upgrading to a new Linux version/distribution and last week, I made my computer happy by installing Ubuntu
because it seems to be popular currently. I've heard 'Ubuntu' is an ancient African word meaning "I can't configure Debian" which IMO is transferable to "I'm too lazy to configure Debian" and so I thought I could give it a try. :) And what to say: It's really nice, looks clean, boots quite fast, installing was easy. But unfortunately there is no chance that I'm ever going to make it my primary operating system or even recommend it to other people. Why?
Although you should expect the opposite, it still isn't able to be usable out of the box. It looks like if you are using an ATI graphics adapter for example, you are stuck with a non accelerated display, which is simply not usable for real work. (Especially if you are programming 3D graphics, of course.) Even moving a window takes ages. There is however, a way to get a better driver from ATI, but to use it, you have to manually rewrite configuration files and other stuff like this and I think I've spent already too much time doing this with older Linux versions, making my hardware freeze, destroying my window managers and more. What century do we live in after all? Is it not reasonable to expect a simple, graphical frontend to configure ones system in 2006? Or to have an operating system which simply is usable after installing it? Of about a dozen different linux versions and distributions I've used, only one was capable of doing this (Mandrake) until now. And that's really a pity. Do you still wonder why Linux isn't getting a bigger market share for average users?
Ouch, this has become a bit longer now. Originally I wanted to write something Irrlicht
related together with this. Next time then. :)