My experiment of running Linux on my laptop is over. I hate moving away from Linux, but it simply is not an option for me. I tried to fight past the glaring problems, but I’m no longer able to fight it. What pushed me over the edge, was the past 3 weeks I spent using a “loner” laptop, while mine was in the shop. Everything I wanted worked, without any radical install, download, configuring on my part.
Originally, my list of problems with Ubuntu Linux was long. I worked through the majority of them. The hardest was getting dual monitors working. The joke is that with Win XP I simply plug the 2nd monitor in and it works. Crazy! No excuse for it being so hard to configure in Linux.
Anyhow my 3 roadblocks that moved me off Ubuntu (for the time being):
1. Lack of a recent Flash player. How long has Flash 7 been around? Flash 9 is out now and I’m finding a ton of sites that won’t work with Flash 7 (espn.com is the biggie)
2. iTunes. I need access to iTunes. I’ve got two iPods that I need to sync between a standalone music library that I keep on a separate harddrive. It’s a NTFS drive that Ubuntu doesn’t want to write to. Plus, the last few weeks I’ve been using my Nike+ and I assume it will force me to use iTunes and not some alternate iPod application.
3. I am unalbe to listen to streaming radio from the two sites I use daily (TheTicket.com and KLIF.com). I have no idea why this doesn’t work. It is not related to a sound problem with my hardware because I’ll play and listen to audio CDs just fine. It is most likely related to a Flash player problem.