Every time a major linux distribution gets released I give it a shot. I’ve been doing this since the beginning of linux. Every time I walk away thinking I just wasted a few hours of my life. Don’t get me wrong, linux for servers and embedded devices is beautiful, heck I’m absolutely in love with my Android phone.
This time around I installed the latest Ubuntu 9.10 for my older laptop, and as pretty as it is I just can’t shake the impression I get that the group managing it all is made up of the bottom of the barrel of software developers. If I was hiring a programmer and he said he was one of the developers who did some of the god-awful crap I’ve downloaded in the last 24 hours through the Ubuntu Software Center I wouldn’t even give him a second chance. I’ve seen better software in the mid 80’s on my Apple IIc.
I mean, Extreme Tux Racer for example. In what world does clicking the UP arrow in the config menus mean a value should decrease? Is there some long held joke that I just don’t get where these developers insist on doing everything ass backwards? Up = more you idiots!