About to give up(again) with Linux!

golfer golfbuf at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 17:12:15 UTC 2005

On 10/27/05, Michael Shergold <michaelshergold at btconnect.com> wrote:
> About three months ago I decided to give Linux yet another try, this time
> with Ubunutu..
> The Hoary distrib disk worked fairly well but it was a struggle to get some
> of the applications I use regularly to work but eventually I did and my
> DVDs and CDs played, Skype worked and I even managed to get the BBC website
> radioplayer (RealPlayer) to work and I could print to my Windows networked
> Canon printer..  Then I thought I would look at the KDE interface and since
> I preferred that, decided to stick with it and tried to update to Breezy..
> After the upgrade almost nothing worked so I decided to cut the Breezy
> level Kubuntu disk and do a clean re-install from that..  Once again most
> of the things that I had spent time getting going with Hoary failed
> miserably and lots of the applications seemed to be missing (what happened
> to Kynaptic).
> Going backwards at every update might present challenges but is not good
> for Linux..  I know now that probably if I am prepared to fool around using
> the root terminal and a lot of knowledge acquired from these groups I can
> probably get it all working again but it really should not be like this..
> What are beta tests for?  Surely the official release should not put you
> back to square one.  I'm just about to wipe it all off and re-install
> MSWindows. There at least most things work without having to delve into
> newsgroups and console level manipulations.  It's like going back 45
> years!!
> Michael (an old timer who remembers booting computers by operating binary
> switches and is still not afraid to try but thinks the Linux distros should
> have
> moved on. What a mess!)..

You probably missed the fact that when you start Konqueror, it's a
page with some helpful links in the lower right corner.  Check out the
Kubuntu Quick Guide and the Release Notes links for the changes and
improvements since hoary.

Also, I notice my DVD player won't work, and somewhere on this list I
saw a suggestion to install kaffeine-xine.  For some reason, ubuntu
seems to be trying to stick us with gstreamer (like Fedora folks), and
it just doesn't seem to work.  I honestly haven't had time to work at
it more, so can't offer any advice about your other woes.

But, linux is better, but may never be as simple to config as windows
.. but the reason I'm a devoted linux user is because I rarely get the
"blue screen of death" that I used to get too frequently with $M.


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