The Desktop Linux Paradox

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For the past few years, I find I’ve been repeating myself every six months. A new version of Ubuntu comes out. I download it; I try it out. And in the end I’m right back on my Windows 7 desktop where everything works anyway, and where I have even less incentive to trade up for anything but a Mac.

I give them credit for trying, though. Oh, how they do try. This time around, the big attraction is the Unity interface, which borrows elements from both Mac and Windows and ends up with the worst of both worlds. Outside of that…well, my not-yet-three-years-old notebook still doesn’t suspend and resume correctly.

Heck, it didn’t even start from Ubuntu’s live USB drive without me passing custom boot parameters. And then there was the time I booted and the left-click button for my touchpad wasn’t working, for no apparent reason. And…

And the beat goes on.