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85 Responses

  1. James says:

    Norm, you’re exactly right, these are the sort of problems even experienced Linux users have, that discourage them from recommending it to family and friends. Even simple things are such a headache in Linux.

    The devs spend too much time comparing their distro’s appearance and not enough time getting things working consistently. Flatpaks, Snaps, AppImages, and more, just shows there is no harmony in the Linux marketplace or underlying OS.

    I love Linux but the hassle is not worth it for most people, and that’s how many Linux nerds like it.

  2. Norm says:

    I just started using Linux. I first wiped out a Dell XPS1330 that my wife was having problems with while running Windows 10 (she was constantly having issues nearly every time she got a MS update. Lost a bunch of documents one time but we were able to recover them from backups on a NAS).

    Anyway, she was fed up with Windows so after a bit of research, I wiped the machine and loaded Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

    Since I was totally new to Linux and associated software, it took me a while getting LibreOfficeWirter configured so that it would read and write documents in Open XML (.docx & .xlsx).

    It also took a while getting our Canon Pixma-892 multi-function wireless printer to not only print but also function as a scanner. I also had to set up drive sync to our NAS so that all of our documents could be stored in one place but synced to all of our devices. I brought across her bookmarks from Firefox which she had been using for years while on Windows. All in all, other than the NAS drive sync, the laptop was pretty easy to configure.

    My wife used the laptop for about two weeks before we sat down and had a talk about how things were going. She said she missed some of the functionality that was in MS Office (2007) but for the most part it was stable and she was getting fairly use to it.

    Then the other day she went to print 10 copies of a document for a class and we couldn’t believe how long it took. 5 minutes between each copy. It took just short of an hour. I have no idea where to start to try to figure out what the problem is. I guess I’ll remove the printer and try re-installing it first.

    Regardless of the printing issue, I decided to buy a 500Gb SSD and pop it in my office desktop PC, install a fresh copy of Ubuntu 18.04 and give it a try. I knew this was going to be a huge task because this desktop does a lot. It runs a video surveillance system for our home, it of course has all of the normal Office productivity requirements which LibreOffice can somewhat fulfill.

    I also have a ton of other applications associated with ham radio. I managed to find some Linux apps that fulfilled some of these functions and was able to get a couple of them to work under WINE. There were a few apps that I just couldn’t stand using the Linux equivalent and ended up Installing the Windows 10 Pro software license I had on VirtualBox with Ubuntu being the host. At lease now when a Windows 10 corruption occurs, it is an easy task to import the Win10 image and I’m back in operation in under 15 minutes.

    Some of the ham radio interface issues I ran into were quite difficult to address because there just wasn’t much useful info on the web. I felt I was constantly on a wild goose chase. I have 6 different USB/Serial CAT interfaces going to various equipment and 3 different audio devices each with input and output signals going to multiple applications.

    While this was somewhat difficult in Windows, it was a pita in Linux. Especially when some of the apps were Linux, some were in WINE and 2 were in Windows 10 in VirtualBox – all talking to USB/tty ports and audio devices in Ubuntu. Now I’m trying to figure out how to address virtual COM ports. Another 3-4 day project I’m sure.

    So, I’m fairly new to Linux. I have to admit it has been an extremely difficult journey.

    Some things that I still have trouble with and despise are:

    1. Too many distros and the underlying OS does not seem to be 100% compatible between them. Some software has to be compiled specifically for the distro in use.
    2. It is very difficult to find valid information regarding everyday issues I’ve run into. It seems much of the information on the web is NOT DATED, does not specify the OS Version and is often wrong. I spent lots of time going down a rabbit hole only to discover the article was not addressing Ubuntu 18.04 but some other version or distro. Very disturbing.
    3. When asking for help, I often get folks that immediately blame the distro I’m on and suggest I use something else. This gets quite tiring.
    4. I’ve noticed several times when someone would ask for help and would be belittled for not knowing exactly what they were doing. Shoot, of course they didn’t know what they were doing and that’s why they were asking for help.
    5. So many times someone would ask for help on a particular topic and many of the responses were from folks that had no clue what they were talking about. Usually having the person typing a bunch of commands in terminal and hacking away. This sometimes goes on for pages and pages until they either gave up or found the solution somewhere else.
    6. Its pretty bad when an application has to be compiled differently for each distro. I can only image what a pita this is for the developers.

    I can see why Linux hasn’t really taken off and become very popular with the desktop crowd. You still need to be a computer nerd to use Linux. Nearly everything you want to add to or configure in Linux takes forever to figure out and quite often you find yourself in Terminal pounding out command lines rather than running a simple GUI.

    I think the majority of folks out there that are sick of MS just want an OS that is intuitive and easy to use. For simple things, Linux can fill that need but for many requiring a more complicated configuration, it does not and will not until its developers stop focusing on the colors of the desktop and how pretty they can make it and start focusing on providing easy to use gui apps to address basic functionality. Devices such as USB/tty for example.

    2 months and counting, I’ve only been at this for about 2 months and there have been several times when I have almost thrown in the towel and thought of saving myself all the grief and just return to Windows.

    I don’t want to admit how much time I’ve spent messing around getting this machine setup. While it may seem to work fairly well, I’m still not 100% sure I’ll remain a Linux user. Many of the things I’ve had to do to get things working might break as soon as I decide to install a major upgrade.

    We’ll see! So the jury is still out. I haven’t given up, I’m just growing tired of messing about trying to get things to work rather than actually using the machine for it’s intended purpose.


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