For many years now users have been forced to use antiquated methods of dealing with Linux and Ubuntu.
Does a user have to use the terminal and waste 100’s of hours learning what Linux masters know, to configure, fix, install and fashion a desktop?
All the subjects I will address here, have, in one way or another, to do with the desktop and modern PC’s,
and most important a new user being able to use Ubuntu with ease and without having to learn Linuxese. (the command language of Linux)!
Is a PC and the OS not there to make a users life easier, not incredibly harder?
For example, installing Ubuntu 18.10:
starts out good, but then one discovers that the graphics are not up to modern standards.
The Ubuntu kernel still cannot figure out that the user needs, for example, updated nvidia drivers.
It gives a pitiful old driver xserver-xorg-video-nouveau.
But a search shows that 415 nvidia driver is what it should have.
Ubuntu for humans or for linux masters?
If the user knows enough, he can switch to the best video driver.
However, he finds out, that when he reboots, Ubuntu gets stuck in terminal mode.
That should NEVER happen!
What should happen, is that ubuntu is smart enough to see the problem, and reboot into working mode.
What is a new user to do?
He does not know Linuxese.
So he either abandons Ubuntu and goes back to Windows or MAC, or he has to reinstall the entire OS and lose most of his settings and hard work.
Ubuntu for humans or Linux masters?
If he researches fro many hours through the muck of useless help, he finally finds the solution:
1 line in the custom.conf file of gdm3 has to be unmarked: WaylandEnable=false
That’s it, 1 small setting BREAKS Ubuntu, 1 # mark in the wrong place, and no desktop!!!
How is the new user supposed to know this?
The ubuntu masters STILL have not fixed or warned their users about this.
The kernel is not fixed, nvidia developers are in the dark.
Ok, one uses recovery to fix it, but now one has to use nano.
How do you use nano, what is Q^ or whatever?
One cannot use this old antiquated editor, because it does not explain what the ^ mark is and how to use it to save the settings. So one uses the Live Ubuntu disk to find the file use leafpad (gedit is stupidly complicated now) and hope the sudo command works, since the Linux masters got rid of gksu without telling anyone.
Ok finally fixed, it only took 16 hours of reinstalling, searching, finding out the easy way to fix it.
Ubuntu for humans or linuxmasters?
And you wonder why Ubuntu lags behind Windows and Mac?
They are much more user friendly and can at least be fairly easily restored back to a working desktop!
And by the way, why wayland, it is not ready yet, it is woefully incompatible.
You want the user to pay for experimenting with wayland?
I know, Windows does the same thing, but the user is not stranded without a useable OS and graphical desktop.
Ubuntu leaves you stuck without automatic restore or a useable desktop.
Next example: The audio settings:
You install Ubuntu (any new version) and you get sound, usually.
But then you find out that it only recognizes 2 speakers, but one has 5 speakers, where is the surround sound?
The kernel detects your soundcard and the chipset HDA ATI SB and Realtek ALC887-VD.
But it does not give you surround sound - the speakers that you paid over one-hundred dollars for.
After 16 hours of research and many unsuccessful settings changes and commands you finally find a solution.
But the new user could never fix it, he does not know Linuxese! Nor should he need to, because an automatic, graphical tool should be available to adjust the desktop to use surround sound automatically.
By the way the Linux masters deleted the graphical tool “Gnome Alsa Mixer” which could have helped, and “alsamixer” does not save settings anymore, because after a decade Ubuntu actually got worse instead of better in setting up a user friendly desktop with automatic settings, instead of using linuxese. Realtek has a Windows graphical app, where is the Linux graphical app? You can easily install 3.10 Audacious audio in Windows but in Ubuntu you’re stuck with version 3.9, over a year old. In linux you have to compile it and it still does not work, because GTK+2.0 is needed, and breaks Ubuntu when used in the wrong order. How is the user supposed to know how to compile and install an app, all one has to do in other OS’s is click audacious.exe to install AUTOMATICALLY
Do the developers (Linux masters) really want to force everyone to have to know Linux terminal commands and know how to compile, in order to fix and set up a minimal working desktop?
You know what, the new user disgustingly gives up and goes back to his old OS, at least it works for mere humans!
Ubuntu is made with Linux experts in mind, not for the average user who just wants things to work without having to use a terminal or worse wasting 50 hours of learning how to compile a program, because the Linux masters did not bother to update the repositories to the newest apps that others have spent much blood sweat and tears to produce to help the normal user.
It is without a doubt the ugliest, oldest and least easiest file manager to use.
But this is the problem, the developers cannot let go of the past!
Nemo is by far one of the best and easiest file manager to use.
But do the Linux masters really care about what the user wants?
No! - Get rid of nautilus as a file manager and use the graphically better Nemo, without cinnamon or mate.
Is was a bad idea, it did not cause unity but divisions, after telling everyone how great Unity is and how so many users liked it, it was abandoned, because it was a confusing and a complicated mess, and not user friendly, that is why the Ubuntu phone did not succeed.
Have you tried cairo-dock?
It is by far the best most versable desktop dock and manager.
It should be automated! And put on every Ubuntu desktop.
Did you know, all I need to do, is to drag and drop a menu app onto the desktop and it becomes a desktop link.
So easy, automatic and simple, user friendly, a dock for humans!
Of course to set it up properly you have to know Linuxese, but it could be automated.
I just gave you a modern Ubuntu 19.04 OS with a great Nemo file manager, fixes for graphics and sound, and an incredible desktop manager/dock with automated desktop links!
There are some great gnome-shell apps to make Ubuntu better, such as “Activities configurator”, “Desk changer”, “Drop down terminal”, “Extensions”, “Force quit”, “gpaste”, “Grub Reboot”, “Gnome shell extension reloader”, Harddisk led", “Hide top bar”, “Laine”, “log out button”, “Media player indicator”, “Sensory perception”, “Sound Input & output device chooser”, “User Themes”, along with the common gnome-shell apps. All should be installable automatically.
A firewall should and must be activated at install, not left to chance. How would a new user know about Linux security?
I was hacked while in Ubuntu. So is it really safer than any other OS? Only if Ubuntu security is automatically installed without user actions necessary!
Also “Wine” needs to be automated, PlayOnLinux is not that easy to use.
Here is where Ubuntu and Linux really works well, with “wine” I can use Windows apps better than Windows can!
Yes, I can play Microsoft games, that do not work in Windows. Ironic.
One more thing:
To keep the graphical Ubuntu/Linux desktop running and permanent:
The developers must keep the basic necessary system from being altered by merely deleting a repository, because, without warning, deleting some repositories also delete the entire basic OS. Reboot and once again Linux/Ubuntu lost its desktop, and one has to reinstall and start all over again.
Please make the basic OS that boots into the graphical desktop read only. Protect Ubuntu and the user from themselves.
Ubuntu and Linux are great and superior in many ways to Windows and Mac and other OS’s.
But if you want to win, and have the greatest, best, most used OS, you must change from Linux hands on, Linuxese, Terminal command based, to graphical, automatic, user friendly, really for mere Humans who should not need to know how to use a terminal or know programming language.
A real, modern, good PC/OS is responsive to the user, would repair itself, install itself, with little user input.
All a human should have to do is say: computer: install yourself, computer: the graphics are messed up, fix them, computer: give me surround sound,
you know where I am going with this.
Ubuntu for all users, OS and computers to serve mankind, not for the user to struggle to make the thing work right.