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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 01, 2008 04:15 PM
I have to agree with most of this with the following comments:

Networking - I'm surprised you didn't mention wireless, which is a huge deal when it doesn't work. On my Acer laptop I had to download a special madwifi driver specific to the card to get wireless and have to recompile each time the kernel is updated.

Video - The problem here is the leaders, Nvidia and ATI, have special ways to get around Xorg limitations and configuration (especially dual monitor support) and provide their own config tools, none of which are provided by default.

Sound - I think Ubuntu went to PulseAudio too soon. Too many things don't work. On my work laptop, sound works fine but I had to switch from Pulse to ALSA to get sound. On my home laptop the sound controls barely work and I have had numerous problems getting sound in Wine.

Boot Menu - Grub is fine, just make it easy to determine what to boot into and automatically update (correctly) with each new kernel upgrade. On a single-boot system it doesn't even matter.

Power Management - I don't use suspend but I do unplug my laptop and I want the maximum battery life every time.

Documentation could definitely be better, mainly provide an easy way to find FAQs instead of just searching the forum.

Email - years ago I switched to web-based email and I no longer download it to any computer. An ISP-neutral web mail is the way to go because you don't have to give everybody a new email address when you change your ISP. I lost count of how many web sites I depend on have my email address. However, I would really like better email support for MS Exchange because many of us are stuck with it because our company uses it.


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