Onto Windows 7
A few months ago I stopped using Ubuntu Linux and returned to using Windows 7 which I used before it. Such a thing can be confusing in the Linux world where people often invest too much interest and emotion into their Operating System, so I am going to go over my reasons why I switched in order to share criticism with the Ubuntu community about things they really should look into fixing.
Although what put the final nail in the coffin was the poor graphics quality, low framerates and high heat production I experienced while playing World of Warcraft through wine, there were many things which irked me and were not due to Blizzard not making an official Linux version of a game.
Sound support has always been a sore spot for Linux. Pulse audio was making great strides in fixing some of the woes users experience when performing audio-related tasks in Linux, but it also came with a ton of annoyances. For example, when I plugged in my USB headset I sometimes had to kill pulseaudio in order to have it appear. I also often plugged it in to have no volume because the volume was mysteriously muted for some reason, and it was never able to be set as the default device and have that preference remain through an unplugging.
People can say such things are unnecessary, but when Windows 7 can do them all without a fuss, plus allow you to set up a device as default for communications (aka a headset), then it is very hard to sell such an idea. Simply put, pulseaudio needs to save preferences between device disconnects, and support a modern computing world where people use USB headsets and multiple sound devices.
For some reason, colours in my laptop’s monitor were extremely off. Greys looked like neon blues and it was pretty bad on the eyes. The issue was some sort of colour imbalance, which no amount of tweaking the nvidia graphics tool would fix. In Windows 7, I used the colour configuration panel and was surprised to see that everything looks just fine.
I had a few things that did not work in Ubuntu, due to seeming lack of attention to them. For one, my fingerprint reader. There is some nearly dead project to make it work, but it suffers from a major lack of attention. Also, putting the card from my Sony camera into the multi card reader did not work at all. It read SD cards, but that was it. Other things seemed okay aside from the bad monitor colours, but it’s still enough to put me off seeing that things were half-working or could have been.
Another hardware issue which was even more annoying was that with my wacom tablet. In order to get it to work I would have to download the most up-to-date version of linuxwacom and compile it for my kernel. Sorry, but most end-users are not going to have the know-how or patience to do this, and I barely did. This dance also had to be completed after every kernel update. The real kicker is that the kernel already has a wacom driver built-in, but it is flagrantly out of date and remained so for the entire year I used Ubuntu, through all the kernel updates up to the most recent in 10.10.
Aside from these complaints, I think Ubuntu and Linux have come a long way. There is still more to be done before I would consider using it exclusively over Windows 7, but the software for the most part is very nice and the fact it is all free is amazing and admirable. To ask someone to put in more work to get me to return is not something I wish to do, so I am just posting this in case the people involved in open source software want to take their time to make such large improvements to their work.
P.S. Lucidity 2.4′s release date is now entirely unknown by me. What I had finished of it still remains on my external hard drive, but my drive and ambition to complete it has gone out along with the platform for which I was producing it. Therefore, I am not sure if it will be finished, and if it is I have no real E.T.A. Sorry to those who were looking forward to it. ;x