Do you really want developers to be on this list was (Re: Very bad status of hardware (especially wifi) support in ubuntu, due to the too many accumulated regressions)

Vincenzo Ciancia ciancia at di.unipi.it
Wed Nov 12 18:51:05 GMT 2008


On 11/11/2008 Andrew Sayers wrote:
> I'd like to hear Vincenzo's take on this, but it sounds to me like the
> bugs here are:

If you ask for it, I reply but try to be concise. It is much simpler 
than that:

1) One bug is there since more than one year (VGA out) and it is 
affecting many people that I know, that would have become ubuntu users 
but will not, and this makes me sad. It's not "my bug" and I wanted 
ubuntu developers to know that there are users who have opted not to 
switch to ubuntu for that reason. And it does not happen every day, that 
one decides to try and switch to another operating system, so we should 
care of not missing the train when it passes by.

2) Another bug affected me at random (WIFI), and there was nothing I 
could do about that, and it happened to me other times with other intel 
cards. I've not been clear perhaps, but the problem is that I was used 
to have my network card functioning, and one day it just left me without 
connection - after I moved abroad for one month, not after I upgraded. 
This is because intel's drivers mostly suck, there is no simpler 
explanation. They have tons of bugs and corner cases (I can support this 
by pointing at the number and gravity of LP bugs for them). I want to be 
able to rely and let others rely on ubuntu so we need to know what works 
and what not.

3) There are plenty of other hardware regressions by which I am affected 
and I feel like these should be a bit more acknowledged by developers. 
Because I can't be the only one.

Vincenzo






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