Hello folks, I am new here but I am definitely no stranger to Linux.
I have used it off and on for a few years now but I go back to it often.
Anyhow here is my current beef:
Firstly I will place this on the table:
Windows without a shadow of a doubt sucks, seriously Windows 7 is a joke.
I have never had an OS crash on me so many times, not even Vista or XP!
Sure Vusta was horrible too but it served me somewhat well, Windows 7 has to be the biggest joke in OS history.
Sure buy a PC and Windows 7 works okay but build your own computer and all hell break loose.
Really Windows 7 is a mess, a unreliable, unstable hunk of junk that I never intend on installing again.
But then I have to say this about my other OS that I have used Ubuntu:
Actually Ubuntu is actually pretty darned good, its usually fairly stable on my machine and I do not have too many complaints about it.
Except the current development of both Gnome and Unity.
First on unity, well Unity actually is not that bad, its okay I guess but it still leaves a lot to be desired…
I cant customize it to suit my needs, I cant tweak it to operate how I want…
Believe it or not I sort of like the windows layout and I have used it even on Ubuntu once I figured on how to tweak it to look more like windows.
While I am willing to get used to new interfaces Unity is note entirely to my liking.
its something built more for a touchscreen not a desktop or traditional laptop, but its menus are hard to navigate for me.
I did install AWN on it but its still too new.
And Ubuntu will be killing off the old Gnome interface in 11.10, I really dont like that idea and honestly Ubuntus’s decision to use Unity this soon is a bad idea.
Its far too new, and thus still needs major work for me to use it.
I might go back to ubuntu someday but not anytime within the next year or so.
Then there is the case of gnome 3/gnome shell…
WHAT A MISERABLE PIECE OF **** IT IS, I MEAN MY GOD HOW MORE HORRIBLE CAN YOU GET?
WHAT IN THE FLYING HECK WERE THEY THINKING!!!
Sorry about that, but seriously there is no way to customize it, no way to tweak it, no way to make it suit your needs…
Gnome 3 was cobbled together by idiots, plain and simple, the fact you cant shut down the OS without having to go back to the login screen is plainly and simply idiotic.
So that brings me to openSUSE:
While I could stay with ubuntu 10.10 until its EOL, the thing is that the new direction Ubuntu is going seems ignorant of those who just want their OS to work.
Dont experiment on something and force it on the end user, they could easily keep Gnome 2 going until its fully killed off by the idiocy that is Gnome 3.
Now I have used openSUSE in the past and while I still dont like KDE4 compared to KDE3 at least I can tweak it and make it look the way I want it.
Sure I still have issues with plasma crashes and KDE4’s unstability but at least its mostly workable.
openSUSE is perhaps the best KDE distro out there (though the one on PCLinux and Mandriva is pretty good too) and I can get used to some of the issues I have faced with openSUSE.
As for the issues I have faced with openSUSE in case you are wondering:
Two of those are atypical, firefox is really unstable for me these days and KDE4 has always been a stability mess in my opinion so no faults there,
But I have had issues with Yast and Packagekit.