Ubuntu Linux, Day 28: My Five Biggest Ubuntu Linux Complaints

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30 Days With Ubuntu Linux: Day 28

The time has come. I have reached the end of the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series, and it is time to wind down and reflect on my experience. Just as I did last month with 30 Days With Google Docs, I will list my top five complaints, followed by the five things I like the most, and finish up with an overall summary of my thoughts.

Before I dive into today's list of the five things I like least about Ubuntu Linux, I need to clarify two things. First, the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux project is about more than just the core OS of Ubuntu Linux itself. There were comments throughout the thirty days from people who felt that some of the posts were off-topic, but the 'topic' is the experience of a Windows user trying to jump into, and make sense of a Linux world, including all that it entails from financial software, to installing a webcam.

Second, I want to state up front that I actually had a hard time coming up with five things. I don't want to steal any thunder from the final Day 30 post, but in general I found Linux, and the tools available for Linux to be quite capable. There is really nothing about my experience this month that was a total deal-breaker.

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I hate iTunes, but until iOS 5 comes out I still need it to sync my iOS devices.
So, here we go:

1. Syncing the iPhone. You can blame Apple for not supporting Linux with a native version of iTunes. You can blame me for using an iPhone. Both of those are irrelevant and silly, though. The fact is that I do have an iPhone (and iPad), and the iPhone needs to be physically connected to the PC and synced with iTunes in order to update things like the actual iOS software.

Granted, Apple revealed that it is cutting the cord with iOS 5, so as of this Fall this will no longer be an issue. But, as of today, this would be one reason I wouldn't--or couldn't--just switch to Ubuntu Linux.

2. Banshee. This one is pretty petty, I admit. There are a myriad of music player options available for the Linux community, and no reason that I would have to stick with Banshee. It is the default music player installed with Ubuntu Linux, though, so it seems like fair game. I hate iTunes, and Banshee gave me new appreciation for that devil spawn, so Banshee must be pretty bad.

3. Wine. I heard great things about Wine and using Wine to run Windows software from within Ubuntu Linux. However, none of the applications I tried to run in Wine actually worked. Microsoft Office 2010, Quicken 2011, and Evernote all failed.

There were plenty of comments--some nicer and more supportive than others--explaining how to use Wine with different command line tweaks and such, and some suggestions to forget about Wine and literally install Windows in a virtual PC running within Ubuntu. That solution seems like a step backwards, though--if I wanted to just install and run Windows, I just wouldn't switch to Linux in the first place.

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