[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Avi Greenbury lists at avi.co
Fri Dec 9 13:43:00 UTC 2011

Paula Graham wrote:

> 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.

It's probably worth measuring what's going on here, perhaps with
bootchart. Even if the output doesn't mean anything to you, it
(hopefully) does to someone, and can form the basis of a bug report.


> 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! 

Do you know what's using up the processor here? Which processes, for 

> 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've not seen either of these - how are you measuring the network
speed? I think the clobbering of DNS is definitely a bug - how is the
static IP set up, and are you running anything like network-manager?
You could probably get around it by setting resolf.conf immutable, but
that might just cause whatever's broken to fail.

> 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.

By all accounts, Unity on 12.04, even in the current alpha, is a big
improvement on 11.10's. That said, this is a wish that's expressed with
every release - that they stop doing features and just fix bugs
instead :)


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