I hate to be one of those types who bashes an OS but, Ubuntu, seriously, you’re not going to win over the average customer anytime soon.
I installed 9.04 on my Dell XPS 420 a few weeks back. I do like what they did from 8.10, mainly in regards to the faster boot times, installation process, and newly added themes. I immediately was able to get my desktop looking how I liked it without having to edit endless config files to adjust fonts (oh how I wanted to pull my hair out back then).
Things were great until I played a DIVX video. Yes, I was using the correct ATI 2600 XT driver and, yes, the correct codecs were found. But, something weird was happening in 9.04 that didn’t happen in 8.10. Whenever I went into fullscreen mode, the system would freeze about 2/3 of the time, with no response from the keyboard. In the end I had to force a power off and start again. Frustrated, I went back to trusty Windows.
Then, I figured I’d give it another chance.
I decided to try and see if it could recognize my network printer, connected via a Windows 2003 server (SAMBA). Using Gnome-Do to pull up the Printing settings, I was ready to search the network and find a printer.
No luck though, as once I browsed for my server, the entire box closes off. Gone! Even trying to enter the printer path manually and hitting “Verify” would subsequently shut off the printer windows. AAAAAHHHH!!!! Now, I’m no hardcore linux coder, but I thought this was linux for human beings!
So, I gave up. While the compiz effects and multiple desktops were nice, if I can’t print or watch my movies on a shiny new distro, it’s of no use for me.
I would love for some linux geek to show me what is wrong with this, or what config files I need to tweak, but it shouldn’t come to this. Linux has its own niche among those types of tech savvy users, but it will never be as user friendly as Windows or OS X. It has a long way to go for that to happen.
I will admit though, on my netbook, video played fine full screen. Maybe it’s just the shitty ATI drivers available.