Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat

Robert Avant robertj.avant at
Thu Apr 8 17:37:15 UTC 2010


Thanks for your support, my beef about wanting the basics to work still

However, I have spent a couple of hours sorting out the Scanner and
Wi-fi and now both are working.

It is all very well including SANE in the Applications menu but there
should also be an appliaction in the same group indicating how to.  With
my Epson Scanner this was easy but meant visiting the Epson web site.
The last time I had done this the only files available were tarballs and
a manual on how to which would have taken some considerable time for me
to get going which I haven't got.  The downloads Epson now have are

To my surprise when I turned on my Wi-Fi and set it up it worked too.

Rather than program writers we need to get users to submit how-to pages
along the lines of idiot user guides.  It might then be possible for the
programmers to add the whistles and flutes as well.

 On Thu, 2010-04-08 at 12:36 +0100, Mark Ellse wrote:
> I would like to add my support to the comments by Bob. 
> I am a very enthusiastic supporter of Ubuntu. I am grateful for all
> that Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth have done for the whole linux
> community. But there is one thing that really doesn't help - the
> glossy spin, compared with the nitty gritty of addressing those things
> that really stand in the way of Ubuntu and linux adoption.  Here are
> two examples.
> 1. Jono writes: " We don’t just want to be connected to the internet,
> we want to be connected to each other. Social from the Start is our
> initiative to make the desktop a collaborative, social place."
> This is politician speech and it gets things nowhere. I wrote to Jono
> a month ago asking if the bug making Lucid and Karmic unusable on many
> Intel graphics boards (Bug 456902) is getting any Canonical attention.
> It's a bug that totally wrecks Ubuntu for so many users.
> I know it's an upstream issue. I know that we are all far too busy and
> we can't do everything, but no reply to simple questions like this is
> very discouraging. It makes you feel that Canonical are just like our
> politicians - they spout eloquently but have their own agenda and are
> pretty much indifferent to what the man in the street actually
> thinks. 
> I run a school where there are now a lot of linux machines. If I were
> confident of the support, all but a half a dozen would be linux. But I
> am not confident of the support.
> A little while ago I wrote to Canonical asking about paid support. At
> the time we were having problems with Ubuntu machines failing to
> browse a Windows peer-to-peer network. You can see from the bug report
> how significant this, and related bugs, have been.
> I wrote a simple letter asking "If I pay for support, will you be able
> to help me solve this problem?" to which I had no clear reply. I
> pushed the point.
> "> Really, I do need some information about whether Ubuntu is aware
> of,
> > and active in dealing with, this bug and can give a reasonable
> > prediction about the possibility of fixing it. If so, I am very
> happy
> > to part with pennies, either in direct support fees, or sponsoring a
> > fix.
> I don't know the specifics of your bug so can't really comment.  And
> I'm
> certainly not offering a guarantee that for 1400 GBP we're going to
> fix
> every bug you have in an operating system consisting of millions of
> lines of code.
> What I can tell you is that your support subscription means that bugs
> that effect you will get more attention."
> I'm sorry, but such a "politician's" answer won't help. If Ubuntu
> users are going to trust Canonical - and those of us who use Ubuntu
> are tremendously positive towards what Canoncial are doing and do want
> to support it - then Canonical has to improve the way that it
> communicates with the community.
> 2. Forever we are told about the glossy future rather than the
> practical present. About "the perfect 10" Jono says " we’ll have a new
> design track, and a “cloud and server” track".
> This sounds great. But there is a big hole in the the general Ubuntu
> provision with the lack of a simple server. At my school we use SME
> server (, which is a simple to set up as an Ubuntu
> workstation. But it can't handle the authentication for linux machines
> on the network (though it is an excellent file/proxy/almost everything
> else server). The lack of an "out-of-the-box" server solution to work
> with both Ubuntu and Windows workstations is a great disadvantage. 
> This is not rocket science. It is not new ground. It won't produce
> great headlines and reams of oratory from Jono like " This is a time
> of great innovation and change in the Linux world, with major new
> initiatives from powerful groups bringing lots of new ideas, new
> energy and new code."  But, in the end, it is simple, clear practical
> solutions to these problems that will make linux mainstream.
> Mark Ellse

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