I’d like to say “good-bye and thanks for the fun,”, but it wasn’t fun.
I installed Ubuntu on my Thinkpad, 32-Kubuntu on one workstation, and Kubuntu AMD 64 on another. The second two are going the way of the dodo. What, you say, how can I be so mean to the darlingest Linux distribution of all? Easy. It started it.
Ever since I installed the *buntus, they’ve been nothing but trouble. Every day I’m fixing something. Breezy wasn’t too bad; just the usual hassles with printers and scanners, because mine are not well-supported in Linux. So that’s not *buntu’s fault. Things went majorly to pot when I dist-upgraded to Dapper, and that is *buntu’s fault:
-the upgrade inexplicably removed a lot of applications
-it overwrote dotfiles and /etc/ files, even though I set the priority to ‘ask for everything’ and always select ‘keep existing version.’
-my latest apt-get upgrade disappeared my SATA, SCSI, and DVD drives. Now WTF is that all about??
-plus many other things I have whined adequately about already
This last upgrade installed a 2.6.15 kernel, so I rebooted to an earlier kernel so I could poke around and figure out what went wrong. No joy there, because that one only ran in ‘recovery’ mode, which means no networking, no removeable media, and still no SATA, SCSI, or DVD drives. So what the heck happened, Dapper ate the kernel modules too? So I’m going back to plain old Debian , it’s just not worth the hassle of continually troubleshooting & trying to repair basic functionality.
I’m disappointed because I think they’re taking the right approach, like with their clever and sensible use of sudo, the good default package selections, and a friendly helpful community. I look forward to the day when “things working right” becomes part of that approach.
**note: edited to remove most of the whiny bits