Ubuntu 10.04 – Old bugs back and new useless “features”

I recently upgraded from a stable Ubuntu 9.10 to the newly released 10.04. In my early adoption of Ubuntu 9.10, I faced problems with my Wireless USB dongle (LightWave LW-UWNC) that were subsequently fixed through patches that made my Wireless interface reliable. Upon my automated upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10, the old illness was back again. No way to get the wireless working again. Failing to find any solution to the problem, I finally decided to revert back to version 9.10 (at the cost of several hours of work in order to reinstall back all needed software).

Now, as a developer, I am puzzled by the kind of methodology the Ubuntu team is following to keep track of bugs and their fixes. How is it possible to fix a bug and get it back again in an “upgrade”? Moreover, I still do not comprehend the purpose of moving the minimize, maximize and close window buttons to the left and smaller than before. What’s the added value? This is the kind of decisions that may deter potential users from adopting Linux. People want a system that works out of the box and bug free! New features and eye candies although seemingly appealing do not add much value. Those who are after these changes may stay on Windows or Mac and pay the price. I do not believe Linux should strive to beat Microsoft on its own ground. Linux should shoot for stability and providing bug free solid software with good support for all drivers. Offering a good free alternative to Windows away from the consumer driven market is the way to go for a wider adoption of Linux by the average user.

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