Not Usable is one of the latest blogs in the Usability country. I found this entry about Ubuntu (Linux for human beings) to be really interesting.
- Commandline: Ubuntu fails the moment I am required to use the command line. Lets face it, it is a Windows world and even most power users of XP hardly use the commandline. Commandline belongs to the 80’s. I should not be expected to type pieces of code into a terminal to get the OS to do what I want it to do.
- Multimedia: As of now, Ubuntu is not capable of playing back most of your multimedia without downloading a whole lot of additional packages. The reason for this is that some of these formats are proprietory. So, from a “free” software point of view, that is perfectly acceptable. However, Joe Average does not care about
licensing, philosophical discussions etc. He wants his mp3’s to play and he wants to watch his DVD’s and he doesn’t want to go through a lot of trouble to get it to do that.
- Flash: Right now playing back flash is a hassle. It is just not satisfactory.
- Distro confusion: There are too many distro’s available and most people don’t even have an idea what a distro is. This is not Ubuntu’s fault, but more the way things evolved. It makes it very difficult for people to make a decision I have opted to not make that decision at all for quite some time just because I simply didn’t know what to choose.
- Wireless: I want my wireless network card to work, out of the box. I don’t want to muck around with all sort of configuration files and things I don’t really understand. Example: How to install WUSB54G for Dapper Drake.
- Installation and removal of software: After a couple of months of using Ubuntu I am still not entirely sure how exactly software gets installed. Using Synaptic is by far the easiest way I have ever installed anything but what if what I want isn’t available through Synaptic? Same goes for removing something. Just way
too much hassle. Example: Blog entry about removing Amarok. Mark Shuttleworth is apperently also not blind to some of the faults as his post Consistent Packaging suggests.
- Dual Monitor Support: Just like getting your wireless card to work, this is just too much hassle. Example: How to Dual Monitor.
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