Problems after using UBUNTU for about 13 Days...
bedwards at rnli.org.uk
Tue Sep 28 13:38:41 UTC 2004
Not sure wether a 'usibility' study is really possible using a beta release of a distribution that is months old against a very mature release. What you say is in fact fairly encoraging.
Although due to standardisation it is a lot easier to get a distribution working on Mac I suspect since the number of mac users is smaller, the platform more expensive and the fact that it already has a mature *nix initialy most of the activity will be on x86.
What I would be interested to know is wether there is anything about ubuntu you prefer to OS X.
It would be cool it you could put some of this stuff into bugzilla.
>>> Karsten Fischer <kfischer at bfki.net> 09/28/04 02:23pm >>>
Caveats in UBUNTU (or, more precise, UBUNU & Gnome & Debian)
First off all, UBUNTU seems pretty stable and easy to use. Compliments
to the developers.
Still, comparing the Desktop-Usability of UBUNTU with the only other
Desktop-Unix (OS X)available, Ubuntu stays at the second place.
Granted, UBUNTU runs on three different platforms: the x86-Family,
AMD64 and PowerPC (up to G5); whereas OS X runs only on the PowerPC.
Nevertheless, it is after all possible to produce a Unix-based System,
which is easy to use, needs barely knowledge of computers to set it up
or to maintain it. With this example in mind, Ubuntu should strive to
reach a similar goal.
The current problems seem to be mostly GNOME-related, with only a few
but extremly annoying bugs in the underlying system. I tried to sort
them into the following categories: Platform-specific,
Now, let the list begin:
Platform: PowerPC (iBook G3, summer 2003, 800 Mhz G3, 640 MB RAM)
OS-Specific: While running on Battery-Power, Ubuntu seems to drain the
battery almost twice as fast as OS X; CPU is running at 400 Mhz as it
would in OS X, but this doesn't seem to have any dramatic influence on
battery-usage. Way to go there...
OS-Specific: the modem is neither detected nor is any software
installed (using the Desktop-install) for the use of it. Very
interesting, since nearly any Mac produced in the last three to four
years seems to have a modem. Internet via Modem as well as Fax should
be installed as default I think.
Desktop-Specific: My Digital camera (a no-name brand which identifies
itself as USB-Mass storage) seems to be detected, I even get a dialog
which states that there seem to be pictures on it and if I would like
to copy them to the computer great. Unfortunately, in the next window
I am asked to select my camera, since there seems to be no camera
connected to my computer. Regardless which camera I choose, I couldn't
import any pictures of it.
Desktop-Specific: The Keyboard doesn't work as anticipated. After a
long, long time of fiddling with it I came up with a work-around: every
time I log in, I open a terminal and issue the following command
'xmodmap -e *keycode 64=Mode_switch', after which I can use the
Option-Key to generate things like the '@'-smybol using the
Apple-default Option-l. This seems to be a minor bug, but pretty
annoying and is probably fixed in the latest builds. By the way: it
seems that the default buttons for closing a window (which seems to be
in most cases the same as closing the application) is something
strange and should set to the default Command-W and Command-Q
Desktop-Specific: Documentation. This is a simple topic: there is
almost none of it. When I pressed the Help-Button, loacted conveniently
in the Menubar (called 'Panel' here, which may be more appropriate
since every app seems to have its own Menu sticking at the top of their
window) I get an awful lot of documentation, but in fact hardly
anything usable. Especially since I selected German as my default
language but the Help System is always English. What I expected and
probably most users of Ubuntu would be an introduction to the OS,
perhaps a chapter *Differences to Windows & OS X, several guides like
*How to connect to the Internet, Printing, Faxing & Scanning, How to
set up your local Network and so on. And I would prefer a native
Unsure: I greatly appreciate OpenOffice, but there seems no way to get
Spellchecking to work.
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