Seriously thinking about dumping Ubuntu

Yep, you read it correctly, I’m seriously thinking about dumping Ubuntu in 2013.

After upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, I have noticed several problems with my machine. Here’s a short list of things that are bugging me

  • Lately applications are crashing out of the blue.
  • The fan on my CPU has been doing some overtime even when I’m not running any applications. When I check with top, nothing shows up why this should be the case, no process is occupying the CPU.
  • After the upgrade, I had several applications running in the background that I never had installed before nor did I want them running
  • After the upgrade my network didn’t work anymore, I had to hack some files to fix this

Yeah yeah, I hear you say, just reinstall on a clean machine, but it’s not just the above problems. Ever since Ubuntu decided to go the Unity route I felt uncomfortable with the road Ubuntu had taken, I switched to XFCE and I loved it. With the 12.10 release the Unity integration seemed even worse and I had to remove several applications to get rid of it and then there is that whoke discussion about the Amazon integration when searching.

On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, Mark Shuttleworth announced that the focus for Ubuntu in 2013 would be “bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets”. Anybody else thinks this sounds like the Windows 8 route :) .

Let me be clear, I’m not an average user who just runs a web browser, checks his emails. I love to work on the command line, I never ever installed compwiz for longer than 1 week. Why slow the computer down to see a cube rotating on the screen when I change my workspace. I really don’t need all the bells and whistles on my laptop, I just want it to run smoothly ans quickly.

I haven’t made up my mind what I’m going to do, stay in the Debian family (Mint for example), go to a Slackware family or maybe even FreeBSD. One thing is for sure, I’m not looking forward to completely wiping my laptop clean and reinstalling everything I run, bit what needs to be done, needs to be done.

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  1. joe

    Try kubuntu, kde is very nice these days.

  2. meanpt

    Me too, I changed to Kubuntu. Kubuntu, with a customized homerun launcher, and bodhi, are my buntus. Ubuntu is still a great core, but has been completely ruined by the bloat added to unity. Even after uninstalling lots of crap, it stills demands lots of cpu and gpu to do simple things. In the meanwhile, I can boot and run kubuntu and bodhi from something as simple as sd cards, without feeling any input lagging or desktop latency.

  3. CayoBuay

    You could setup Mate to run on your machine instead of the default Ubuntu stuff. I did and I’m loving it so far.

  4. Peter

    Currently I’m running Ubuntu 13.04, with vanilla kernel 3.9 and XFCE desktop, it’s good but still some things just bug me.

    Like with Ubuntu 13.04 the update indicator doesn’t tell me which files it’s going to update, it tells me the package. I want to know the files, so I can see if there’s something else that could go wrong.

    I have noticed that apport has been getting crazy, eating up all my memory. It happened twice now, maybe because I did something.

    Synaptic doesn’t list my local repository defined as file in the origin list. The packages are in the DB just have to search for them :(

  5. Anonymous

    Why aren’t you considering Arch, Debian (as opposed to one of its derivatives), Fedora, or OpenSUSE?

    • Peter

      Maybe I will go the Arch route. But like I said in the article, I really am not looking forward to backing up my stuff and reinstalling it all. I have some non-free software running as well that I need to check for compatibility.

      When I get a new develop machine I will install something new, and the quick glance I just did at Arch linux, that just might be the one.

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