A few days ago, a BBC journalist was on air saying that Ubuntu was "a whole sort of little community of enthusiasts building operating systems for absolutely nothing." Since then, as you can imagine, he's had some angry emails from Linux users, so Canonical sent him over a laptop with Karmic Koala Netbook Remix installed.
The result, sadly, isn't great for Linux, but there's a lot we can learn from the results of the test.
The bad news:
- Linux took 40 seconds to boot. Yes, that's faster than the 55 seconds Windows 7 took to boot (and on a faster laptop, too), but, still, 40 seconds is pathetic.
- The background was "offensively brown" -- something people have been telling Canonical for years.
- The writer "struggled to see other machines and devices on my network."
- Audacity was "more complex to get hold of"
- He gave up trying to use Spotify, because it required Wine.
- It wasn't immediately apparent that clicking on the Ubuntu logo took him back to the desktop.
- A Canonical advisor had to come over and install a few extra things for him, including Flash, but still he "struggled to work out how I would organise photos, music and video."
- Ubuntu "would not make my computing life any simpler and more pleasurable than it is now."
He brings up some really important points. And part of our problem is that many users will say, "he's wrong; he's a newbie; it doesn't matter what he thinks." But we'd like to respectfully disagree: if the mainstream press are trying Linux and simply can't get along with it, then we've got a serious problem.
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