I wasted most of my weekend on this nonsense.
The bamboo is still really hard to get working. With dual monitors I cannot specify which the tablet will use either.I still had to patch the kernel to get mine even working.
If you have a creative X-fi sound card you are skrooed too. They make you go through an entire CLI terminal ordeal just to get it working. and it still wont work for Flash , plus a lot of clicking sounds when the CPU is under a load.If you enjoy listening to music while paying games you are scrooed too! they made it so only one application can access the sound card at one time.
People with dual videocards will not like it either, they have it so that it is either in SLI mode or single card mode. You cannot use your second card to run other monitors like in windows. So if you have 4 displays, and you are switching to ubuntu, it is time to sell 2 of them.
People with microsoft mice will have a fun time too. only 2 buttons plus mouse wheel for you. I did not expect much support for a microsoft product, but not allowing the mouse to use the generic 5 button drivers by default is really crummy of the developers. Sure M$ is the big bad company, but making them look bad by installing improper drivers by default is downright childish.
People with HDTV’s pluged into your videocard Via HDMI are going to have a fun time too. It will force you into either 800x600, 1280x1024, or 1680x1040, you will not be able to use your TV in the 1080p mode.
People with Logitech Dual action joysticks, get only single action, because the second joystick stays dead. Even under SDL games.plus as an added bonus only 6 of the buttons will work.
If you have a 64bit processor make sure you visit the forums too see what is and is not working before you waste your time. The 64bit version of Ubuntu has only about 70% of what the 32 bit version has. The stuff it does have is still quite buggy too.
They tell 64bit owners to simply use the 32bit version of ubuntu. Which is like telling someone who owns a ferrari diablo, that they should just ride their bicycle to work. You still get to work, it is still functional, what seems to be the problem , Duhh?
You might be thinking, “Well I will just install and use the 32bit version of software that does not work.” Wrong again… you pretty much have to download the 32bit version of Ubuntu to get all the 32 bit libraries. Then you get to enter the wonderful world of chmod-ing and chroot-ing before you can even load an application. With 64 bit windows you can use 32 and 64bit stuff right out of the box!
Do you like compiz fusion? think it will look really cool on your dual monitor setup? well think again, compiz dose not work in dual monitor mode, and under SLI it crashes every 10 to 15 minutes. Okay so you only have one monitor and one graphics card , compiz is still cool right? Well only if you do not use things like : blender , wings 3d, make human, Truespace, Maya, 3DS max, Lightwave, XSI, and about any other application that uses open GL, they will work for a few minutes, and then do cool things like restarting X, and the entire system locking up, blender crashing randomly.
Want to install linux because of all the free top quality multimedia application’s. well it is cool if you live where there are not copy rite and trademark laws. I live in USA and for me to get WMA movies, and to burn and listen to MP3’s I would have to download and use codecs that are not exactly legal for a professional studio to use.
Most of the above problems are from he hardware mfg guys not playing well with linux. And just dealing with half baked developmental software. My friend did a bunch of homework and built a linux system from the ground up. It is really nice when your OS supports your hardware.
Wish I could turn back time, I could have done some really fun work on my game this weekend.