Top Five Ubuntu Controversies | The Linux Gamer

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Ubuntu is arguably the most popular desktop Linux distribution, and naturally has garnered criticism because of it. Here I highlight a few of my favorite Ubuntu controversies. Look forward to a part two!

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  1. Although I personally loved how the Unity desktop worked, I'm happy it's gone. I believe that Canonical's dream of convergence is what led to the malicious functionalities that came with Unity. Now that they have dropped Unity, the malicious funtions are gone as far as I know. I thought Mark Shuttleworth was becoming corrupt for awhile.

  2. I've been using Ubuntu since Breezy Badger and stayed with them for one simple reason, packages. Any time you needed some software there was always a package or repo available versus other distros. Yes I could pull the source and do a make/install, but sometimes it's just not worth the hassle.

  3. That's why I switched to arch recently. The installation was actually easier than I thought and I learned a lot about how linux-distributions are built. I am still shocked by the performance of arch. It is much faster than my Ubuntu-Installation.

  4. Biggest problem with Ubuntu Unity is having no hierarchized category menu were you can hove over with the mouse to find what you want. This makes app discovery so much easier. In Ubuntu, if you don't know the name of an app, you have to search throw every single app you have installed. This results in people only launching what is pinned to the dock.

    And please. Don't say filters and scopes are a solution for this. They are just overkill and having to filter apps everytime is just dumb and time wasting. And trying to teach my mom or dad to use filters and scopes… It just makes them want to go back to windows and throw all shortcuts into the desktop to launch. I mean, what is the advantage in using Ubuntu Unity ? None. If Unity had somekind of categorized menu, it would be awesome!

    I have no idea why all modern environments are taking this app discovery feature away. Windows, Android, Gnome 3, Unity, etc… All doing the same. How am I supposed to find and app without typing the name?

    If it wasn't for this, I would be all over Ubuntu.

  5. I wouldn't recommend Ubuntu, purely because of Canonical's opacity and them climbing into bed with ms. Personally, I'd rather not see them get any more of the Linux market share, scant though it may be.

    That being said, it is a great distro with a huge helpful community and plenty of resources for those keen to learn. It's far better than people not being exposed to Linux systems, so I try not to bash it too much.

  6. Why ubuntu sucks:
    1. no rolling-release
    2. It doesn't respect your freedom
    3. Mir – reinventing the wheel (Wayland)
    4. Unity by default
    5. Amazon, Ubuntu market, synaptics – reinventing the wheel (apt)
    6. systemd – reinventing the wheel (openrc), sytemd is slow.
    7. still Xorg-server by default ( it simply sucks)
    8. No support for ARM, PPC64, SPARC.
    9. Ubuntu — just reinventing the wheel (debian).
    10. Ubuntu – Not UNIX-way. (Do one thing and do it well)
    Better to use Gentoo – most advanced GNU/Linux system, Debian unstable – good choice in most cases, Arch – good distro ( but only for amd64 desktop), fedora – good distro for amd64/arm.

  7. Hey man. Just wanted to say that I love your vids, I'm still a Windows krill gamer but I've slowly been transitioning to Linux (for gaming, I used it prior for work) thanks to being inspired by your vids. Plus I didn't realise the catalogue of games available for Linux had become so extensive. Keep at it!

  8. The community is the best. I've used ubuntu forums and knowledge bases to fix things in several other non-ubuntu distros as well as ubuntu and offical flavors. Have to mention I've used arch pages a ton too to fix issues.

  9. unity sucks and always will for me, Ubuntu mate all the way. Tried to revive gnome 2 shortly after downgrading to unity at the time but damn did it lose support fast. was so glad mate and cinnamon were made to combat the heresy

  10. I don't use ubuntu myself, but I like the spirit of ubuntu, trying out new things and giving great support while remaining polite and friendly. On the other hand they shouldn't try out all of their ideas on their normal user base without warning and no obvious way back to stable waters… What ubuntu has done, more than any other distro, was giving Linux a visibility boost and refocusing efforts on user friendliness.

  11. The problem many of us Linux Veterans have with Ubuntu is NOT the philosophy they have of making Linux easy for the end user, but rather that Canonical has the worst case of NIH syndrome (Not Invented Here) out of all the Major Distributions.

    From Landscape, Mir, and Unity to Snappy, LXD, and Upstart. They seem to have a knack for going the opposite direction of the community for no other reason than to be "Different" as a marketing ploy. As an OS Ubuntu is solid and easy to approach, but they also seem to be trying to do what Microsoft did with DOS and Apple did with BSD – take it and make it something specific to them.

    Landscape and Unity are Ubuntu-specific and simply don't work on other distros without major overhauls that would bring them in-line with Ubuntu's way of doing things. Mir and Snappy are simply Ubuntu's way of doing something the community is already doing and as of now shows very little in the way of benefiting ANY Distro other than Ubuntu. And LXD, While the ENTIRE rest of the Industry has banded together to standardize Container Technology on a single format (Even MS has fallen in-line here), Canonical has chosen to go a direction that really tries to turn LXC into a lightweight virtualization platform. While LXD is cool and not horrible at all, I really can't see the need for an "In-between" platform that is not quite Virtualization, but not quite Containers either.

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