I’ve been using Linux for most of my life now, and I’ve tried several distros over the years. I enjoyed trying out new variants as I learned about them, and after a specially intense year using Gentoo, I decided I wanted to try an easy, working out-of-the-box distribution for a change.
And so, I met Ubuntu. Since that day, I’ve never been able to stay away from it for long. Fast, elegant, well-thought. Solid software choices, vast repositories, a fast and stable release cycle. For several years, Ubuntu seemed to do everything right.
You know what I liked the most, though? I liked that I could look forward to the next Ubuntu release. I liked the fact that I just knew that the next one would bring great software improvements, better hardware support and extensive up-to-date repositories. Installing new releases was not an effort, but a pleasure. And, until today, Ubuntu had never let me down.
Now, for the first time in my life as an Ubuntu user, my new installation works notoriously worse than the previous one.
After two hours of work, Wi-fi still doesn’t work. The subwoofer makes no sound. And this one, I don’t even know how to title: a while ago, my laptop decided the fully charged battery was critically low and NEEDED to sleep/hibernate.
The switch to the Unity interface (which I strongly dislike, on top of everything) seems to be monopolizing the efforts and depriving other areas of necessary time and dedication. It’s making Ubuntu look unique, but at the cost of what already made it unique.
Why is Unity being pushed so hard? It’s nowhere near mature enough to be the only interface shipped with the system. Do they want Unity netbooks, or Unity tablets? Do they think they’re late to the tablet party, and are trying to catch up?
Whatever the reason, the spell of Ubuntu seems to have faded. I will not tell anyone to install this version, specially non-tech people that need their systems to just work; and rather than looking forward to the next release, I’m thinking of Fedora.