randall at executiv.es
Sat Sep 25 15:27:01 UTC 2010
Data can be our friend. So can fruit companies.
Experience tells us (in Vancouver) that Ubuntu 10.04 does *just work* if
one follows one simple piece of advice given by Canonical (and by some
of the more technical people in the Ubuntu community): Use certified
hardware. There are no shortcuts or magic pixie dust that will make your
Ubuntu system work in every hardware situation for every release. Please
reset expectations accordingly.
Is Ubuntu getting worse?
Data: The Ubuntu-certified list has been growing consistently: 6.06 LTS
had 5 systems, 8:04 LTS had 74 systems, 10:04 LTS has 107 systems and
Is this certified thing a solution?
Data: We (UVLC) have hosted dozens of support sessions for our members,
and we have tracked the issues coming in. Over 90% of all of our inbound
support cases have a common thread: trying to run Ubuntu on
obsolete/recycled/random/esoteric collections of hardware. Certified
For those saying that <insert ancient Ubuntu version here> worked but
10.04 does not: Was your hardware ever on the certified list? Have you
reported any bugs on what's not working? Have you considered trying a
system that is on the list? Have you tried buying some support? Have you
tried joining a LoCo and making Ubuntu better for yourself and your
community? Have you ever sought support in Launchpad Answers?
There's a "fruit company in Cupertino" (they sell lots of apples, and a
few lemons too) that has nailed this problem and have been doing so for
26 years. Despite the obviousness of their approach, the Ubuntu
community as a whole does not yet have the will to loudly proclaim that
there's a need for similar system engineering, integration and testing
(though ironically it's sponsors and its leaders do). My guess is that's
likely a carry-over from the days when people called kernels operating
systems and when the tinkerers needed (or liked) to tinker to get that
kernel to work with alien hardware from an unfriendly PC ecosystem.
We're past that. Let's move forward. It's not 1995 any more.
More here: http://webapps.ubuntu.com/certification/
and here: http://randall.executiv.es/node/16
Ubuntu Vancouver Buzz Generator
On 10-09-24 03:53 PM, ubuntu-ca-request at lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> YOU DON'T LIKE UBUNTU, INSTALL OTHER LINUX DISTRIBUTION OR BETTER YET, GO TO
> TO THE STORE, PAY SOME MONEY AND GET WINDOWS 7 OR MAC OS.
> I think you miss the point. Ubuntu DOES NOT JUST WORK, Maybe if they
> got their heads out of the sand and made one version more workable,
> instead of rushing to their 6 month objective of releasing a new
> version it would JUST WORK,10.04 is supposedly a long term supported
> version, but how can it be long term supported when developers as soon
> as a new version is released are pressed into service to get the next
> 6 month release ready.
> Make a version that JUST WORKS and you may attract more common joes to
> the Linux world. Yes, life is tough but a lot of common joes don't
> want the hassle of fighting for days to get their computer working or
> to do what they want it to do. They neither want or care to be
> intellectually superior or power users, they just wish to have their
> computer " JUST WORK".
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