masher wrote: Simetrical wrote:
I'm happy with Ubuntu, but there are a couple of really obnoxious flaws that Windows XP never suffered from, and Vista even less so:
- No good multi-screen support, or at least not without more fiddling than I'm willing to do. Xinerama was a mess when I tried it, windows stretching across both screens when maximized. Dual-head is okay, and it's what I use, but it doesn't allow dragging windows back and forth, which is a big pain. There are also random bugs like that notification pop-ups don't work in windows other than the first, and probably others.
I'm running Ubuntu with two monitors. I can't remember how I set it up, but my windows don't maximise over both screens and I can drag windows across screens.
Hmm. I didn't ever figure out how to get that working. I'm not too surprised it's possible if you push the right magic buttons. I use the proprietary NVIDIA driver's control thing, incidentally, since the OSS stuff seems not to work in my experience. (I should probably report this stuff as bugs, but when this strikes, I'm usually too frantic at trying to get my computer to work again at non-VESA resolutions to be interested in taking careful notes.)
Helmchyn wrote:1. Button labels: they really believed they would improve usability by removing the button labels in the dafault config. i. e. take a look at the file and web browser, there are forward and backward buttons as usual, but how can a user new to Windows or maybe computers at all know that, when they are not labeled?
Some people seem to believe this is a usability improvement, strangely, yeah. I've heard it suggested for MediaWiki as well, that the edit button should be replaced with a cross-lingual "edit" icon. The response there was that such an icon would not be understandable cross-lingually, only incomprehensible cross-lingually, and we kept the text labels.
I suppose it arises from the next point you raise, which is that you should try to have icons in addition to
Helmchyn wrote:3. Settings should be changebale at the place where they are viewed: Look at the dialog where you configure the behaviour of network shares. You have the points listed ("sahre directorys in network", etc...) and behind them little indicators for "yes" and "no". Instead of klicking on these indicators to change things you have to find the merely noticable (unlabled) button in front of the list entry to extend the entry and find radio buttons for... umm "yes" and "no". (sometimes when you do least expect it you find also something like a "maybe" button)
This is one of my big gripes with GNOME. On Windows, if I want to delete an item from the Start menu, what do I do? Right-click on it and hit Delete. (Granted, moving over focus to the confirmation dialog tends to cause the Start menu to close, but I'm not sure if that's still a problem.) What do I do in GNOME? Well, I right-click, and get what options? Add this launcher to panel, add this launcher to menu, and a couple of other useless things that normal people probably wouldn't understand. (What's a "launcher"? I can guess, but how about using "program" or at least "link" or "item"?) How do I delete an item? Well, I go to System -> Preferences -> Main Menu, browse to the same item I was just looking at, and delete it from there.
Same thing when I accidentally got two SFTP connections to the same computer listed under "Places". Right-click and what do I get? In Nautilus, nothing, no context menu at all. (Well, now I try it and I do get a context menu, which includes an "unmount" option. That word should probably never be used in a GUI without explanation altogether, and here it's not even correct: this is an SFTP connection, not anything mountable.) In the Places menu at the top, a right click opens up the place in question, again no context menu. I eventually removed the duplicate entry weeks later when I accidentally stumbled across the correct preference somewhere.
Helmchyn wrote:5. "sudo": Microsoft patented the concept of the 1970s unix command sudo in 2001 to enable unprivileged users in Vista to alter administrative settings by typing in the admin password when it's needed. So you don't have to switch users to perform a minor administrative task. Imagine now, you have to perform, say, two minor administrative tasks (switch the IP and enable a share). You will have to type the password twice then. There is no 5-minute password remembering like in original sudo, which is used in Ubuntu for the same purpose.
On the other hand, you have to be careful to check the parent process when remembering the password, or else you've completely killed the security of the system. I always noticed that opening two shells and typing sudo in both in quick succession would prompt me both times, which is good, but I was talking to someone on IRC recently who said that typing the password in one terminal would remember it for his other terminals as well, which is an incredibly bad idea.
But, yes, this is apparently annoying enough to get some people to turn off UAC, from talking to some Windows-using friends. I've heard it's improved in SP1, however.
Helmchyn wrote:Did we yet talk about the fact that microsoft failed to implement the concept of multiple desktops for two decades now?
You know, I've tried using that a couple of times and never found it worthwhile. I guess it would be useful for people with a different style of working. I pretty much only have IRC open in one window, web browser in the other, all the time. If you're doing multiple things and each requires a bunch of windows, then I imagine it would be handy.
Helmchyn wrote:None of these and other flaws appear in Ubuntu.
Well, one does, as I pointed out.
Also, there are some things in Ubuntu that are icon-only, like notification area stuff (update, restart, etc.); trash in the lower right; "minimize all applications" in the lower left. Well, I guess that's not many.
Helmchyn wrote:Ubuntu is also not perfect (they have less flawas nonetheless), but hey, ever noticed the "report problems or wishes to the developers" button in the help menu of every KDE-Application? That is what makes free software superior in userfriendlyness and lets it become technologically superior as well. Therefore Ubuntu is in no way comparable to Vista, because "Ubuntu will always be free" (like in freedom).
Personally I don't find Ubuntu superior in user-friendliness to Windows, overall. That's not least because more than once I've been unable to boot due to hardware/driver issues. When the kernel boots, Ubuntu is great these days about getting an only somewhat crippled X running regardless of what evil things you do to it, but I've had kernel panics on boot that required me to manually download a new kernel (although thankfully, not to compile a new one, yet). Also, it's been nightmarish more than once getting out of the semi-crippled mode to resolutions higher than 800×600, requiring hours of fiddling, downloading alpha drivers, etc. There are also random other things.
Personally, I would never recommend Linux yet to anyone unless 1) they're willing to make sacrifices to use open-source software (like me), or 2) they're interested in saving some money and getting something that uses guaranteed supported hardware, like the Eee or gPC. I have hopes for the future, though!