Desktop Linux – bottom of the barrel

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

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!




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