Just posting this out there, as a rant/warning/helprequest
Ubuntu is just plain too buggy. There. I said it.
Now, I would still choose Linux over the five minute boot times that come with Windows and the fact that windows simply can’t anti-alias a letter if the world depended on it, though I would hesitate to reccomend Ubuntu. Looks like our options with OS’s are bad and worse.
Here’s the latest issue:
GIMP is broken. I choose to install a few updates, and next thing I know, it’s removed GIMP. It can’t be reinstalled. Naturally, as a 3d artist, GIMP is an important part of my workflow, so this can be quite annoying at the least. So maybe I could brush this off, if it weren’t the newest in a set of problems that keep popping up.
First, there was this issue where videos would just display a black screen. That was fixed with 11.10(Which was a struggle in it’s own to install), though that unleashed yet more problems. There was also the bug where my printer would spit out endless blank sheets when I tried to print a document. (Also fixed in 11.10). Ocelot brought its own array of problems. Should I start with the sound card not working? Tons of printer issues, like horribly aliased fonts, and problematic character spacing resulting in unreadable text? The uninstallable AMD GPU drivers? The missing lib issues that have become expected with any program downloaded? Strange Blender-system freezes? Software in the Software-center being older than the Earth itself? Horrible taste in UI and icon design*? Removal of User preferences? Now, Windows has many core deficiencies, but at least Windows is tested over and over, and every single bug stamped out. So if you are also getting hit every day from Ubuntu, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
*Ubuntu designers have this notion that computers must be “human”. In other words, ugly icons, childproof corners, and a horrible brown/orange theme.