The day after the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release I wanted to present the new release to my coworkers (it’s like a tradition, I do it with every release). But it didn’t turn out as good as I would like.
First I loaded the live CD in the pc of one of my coworkers. Well, that pc must have been the slowest pc in the company. So, there where people asking me why it’s taking so long to load and I was trying to explain that it’s because it’s loading the entire freaking OS from the CD. Then, while waiting for it to boot, the Ubuntu logo in plymouth appeared with some weird green borders around the logo. Damn it. The professional image of the distro was gone after that.
When the desktop loaded, the colleague using the computer was trying to see where is the button that can launch the application list. It was funny watching his actions. After he figured out that the “show desktop” button is not it, he noticed the application menu and Firefox at the top panel. He was actually surprised that he could use Firefox in Ubuntu as well. Mozilla Firefox is a strong brand and distributions should think twice when talking about removing the Firefox branding. He started Firefox and opened the company website. A browser bar pops up telling us that some plug-in is not available. The page he loaded required adobe flash. He clicked the pop up, a wizard opened telling us that it would search for suitable plug-ins, but at the end the wizard came up with nothing. This is not a good impression for a first time user.
Later this day, some other colleague asked me to replace the Xandros installation in his Asus 1101HA netbook with Ubuntu, as he told me that he liked how the desktop looked in the new Ubuntu version. Yeeaa! I loaded Ubuntu on his netbook from my USB stick, everything seemed to work fine, till I tried to open a video. It was really slow. What the hell I said, this is an intel atom based netbook. It should run flawlessly. I went to search online for any problems this netbook model had with Ubuntu and it turns out that the netbook is using the infamous Poulsbo chipset and that for Ubuntu 10.04 there where are no drivers available
So the day didn’t go as well as I was expecting and linux will have to wait another year at least to conquer the desktop. Have you had any similar bad days?