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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 02, 2008 12:13 AM
To note at the top: I work for Mandriva.

Please stop confusing "Linux", "Canonical" and "Ubuntu".


"Other operating systems can set up the screen, so why can't Linux?"

Linux can. Mandriva, SUSE, Fedora and others all do a fine job of this. Your problem is with Ubuntu, not with Linux.

"Canonical is trying to solve the Linux sound problem by standardising on ALSA with Pulse Audio."

Canonical can't really do anything by itself. Canonical does not contribute very much to the development of PulseAudio. Other distributions adopted PulseAudio before Ubuntu did: the first major distro to do so was Fedora, with Fedora 8; the second was Mandriva, with Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. Fedora probably did the most work on solving issues with PulseAudio's integration with distributions. Mandriva's Frederic Crozat and the Mandriva community volunteer Colin Guthrie also did a lot of work on resolving distribution integration issues that went upstream. Ubuntu / Canonical have, as far as I'm aware, done comparatively little. The lead developer of PulseAudio, who does most work on the project itself, is Lennart Poettering, who is not affiliated with Canonical or Ubuntu.

Aside from that - you also misunderstand IPv4 vs. IPv6. It's not an either-or situation. IPv6 is a replacement for IPv4, not some kind of extension of it, as you seem to think. It's not like there's 'IPv6' support that's backwards-compatible with 'IPv4' but has some bugs. The two are completely different. What's actually happening is that IPv4 and IPv6 support are both available, and your connection is an IPv4 one, but the IPv6 support does cause some issues with IPv4 connections with buggy upstream routers, as you noted. The practical result of the problem and your recommendation for 'fixing' it don't suffer, but the way you wrote that section makes you look a bit silly. :)

Adam Williamson


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