Has Ubuntu Replaced Windows on Your Box?

Michael Richter ttmrichter at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 16:18:45 UTC 2006

> Most solutions seem cryptic, unintuitive and hard to find to
> the uninitiated.

This is problem #1 for Linux (any distro).  When things work they work
well.  When they fall down, however, they fall down hard.  Trying to pick up
the pieces afterwards is nightmarish.  Even gurus often throw up their hands
and say "I hope you backed up /home".

I could put up with most of the issues if things were nicely documented.

And this is problem #2.  Documentation under Linux (any distro) is dismal!

   1. Half the time you can't find it.  I still can't figure out how to
   change the user and permissions on hot-mounted USB drives, for example.
   It's always coming up root:root 700 when I plug in and I can't change it.
   Nothing anywhere seems to document how to do this.  Ditto for changing how
   the archive manager sets its options.  Ditto for "backup-ninja".
   Documentation for these things just seems to be nonexistent.
   2. If you can find it, half the time it is written in something that
   makes the ANSI C++ specification look terse and readable.  I point to the
   FAQ for backuppc and rest my case.  Or the documentation for CUPS (which
   mixes incomprehensibility with absence in a bizarre blend.)

As you said, the other problems are (barely) tolerable if you can find
useful documentation.  There is little of that here.  (Again in any distro,
not just Ubuntu.)
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