[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Paula Graham pmgazz at gmx.co.uk
Fri Dec 9 13:34:18 UTC 2011

On 03/12/11 04:15, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 2 December 2011 11:30, Simon Greenwood<sfgreenwood at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> For my 2p worth, I'm happy with Unity as I like the paradigm of the GUI,
>> having returned to Linux after many years of OS X.
> I think it is easier if you have Mac experience. If all someone knows
> is Windows, they're lost.
>> The only issues I see
>> within Ubuntu are Compiz as a CPU hog
Dunno what's hogging the CPU but Oneiric takes literally (I've timed it) 
up to 6 mins to boot on my 4 GB Lenovo and almost as long to shut down 
and is sluggish in use. For several more minutes after logging in, the 
CPU is going hell-for-leather. Not to mention the freezing and crashing 
in use. It's a bog standard intel chipset that's a few years old, I 
don't get it! On the same laptop, Bodhi, with 3.0 kernel, boots and 
shuts down in seconds without the crashing and freezing on FF and LO and 
CPU drops down as soon as login is complete. On my barebone ATI 64-bit 
PC I use for media (it serves files and therefore has a static IP), 
Oneiric clobbers the dns config on every reboot and the network runs 
with a top speed of 40-50 mbps when it's normally capable of at least 
350 mbps. Networking is also very slow on the Lenovo.

I don't like to whine, I think Ubuntu's a great project - but it's 
currently unuseable for me on any of my personal computers/laptops - the 
ones at Fossbox have Natty on production machines and Oneiric on the 
training laptops (where it installs OK and the dynamic networking is 
working, but still does crash a lot).

The crashing is upsetting our non-techie users too and damping their 
enthusiasm for Ubuntu, which is a shame.

I just hope that 12.04 prioritises stabilising the *&@"!!!! thing and 
soft pedals on further innovation until Unity is stable on mainstream 
PCs and laptops.


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