My experience with Ubuntu...not great
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Wed Nov 4 12:00:35 GMT 2009
I thought I would share my experience installing Ubuntu. As
background, I am the guy friends, family and neighbours call when they
have trouble with their Windows PC and am pretty good at it. I can
also find my way around a Linux terminal OK.
Having read about how good desktop Linux is nowadays I thought it was
time to give it a go.
The install of 9.10 was easy as you could want. The whole thing works
well and boots and shuts down quick smart.
I should add that the computer I was experimenting on is in my shed
(don't ask!) so not much at stake. All i do is listen to music, Skype
sometimes and look up something about my latest tinker project.
Well, the first problem was listening to music. MP3s were associated
with the movie player. I managed to sort that out easy enough but
even when I pointed MP3s at Rhythmbox, no go...it can't play layer1
MP3s or something. Not a good start.
OK, let's get Skype going. I downloaded the proper version only to
have the install fail with the friendly message about a dependency
needing dbus >= 4.3 I think it was. At this point I can imagine the
average mug giving up and I wouldn't blame them, but I was
It took me a while to find dbus to download but I did it. Oh shucks,
it depended on something or another XML. I grabbed that and guess
what...on and on it went. It was just too hard.
The long and short of it is that I never did get skype or music
working and can only assume that the idea that Linux is ready as a
windows replacement for the average punter is someone's fantasy.
It is a shame really because there needs to be an alternative (apart
from a Mac) but right now, this isn't it.
This is not meant as a troll, I am genuinely disappointed and look
forward to hearing from people about what you think...maybe even some
solutions, but I fear it is going to be ongoing dramas every time I
try to install something.
Which reminds me, a couple of games I from the built in installer?
Over to you, penguins.
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