Adventures In Computing

September 16, 2010

My Failures with Ubuntu 10.10 and Experimenting with Windows 7

Filed under: 64bit, GNU/Linux, Linux, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit, Windows — Normand Bissonnette @ 3:05 pm

On Friday September 3rd I decided to install the first beta of Ubuntu 10.10, code name “Maverick Meerkat” on my laptop, which happens to be my main computer. I knew that since it was a beta there might be some bugs and minor inconveniences because it was not the final product. I usually try the live cd first to make sure everything works but this time I decided to just do a distro update, wrong move.

It took about an hour to complete but when I turned on my latop I was getting a psychedelic screen. It was cool looking but I could not use my computer what so ever. It was late so I fired up my desktop , which I have been using as a media server, and downloaded a live cd to install the next day.

Saturday September 4th after work I install using the live cd. When the installation is done and the computer starts up I get the same funky screen. I was starting to get annoyed. I try to fix it using the rescue mode, same screen, Crtl-Alt-f2 same thing. Try seaching the forums, nothing there to help me. I decide to download the Alternate Install disc and give that a try.

To make a long story short, this ended with the same results. At this point I was very pissed off, at my computer, at Ubuntu and most of all at myself for not trying it live first or on VirtualBox!

I then decide to do the unthinkable: I install Windows 7. I have been using linux for 4 years and 6 months and Ubuntu for 4 years, I have sworn never to use Windows as my main OS, yet I decided to see if I liked the Windows 7 experience for a month and install Ubuntu in October when the final product comes out.

Last year I installed Windows 7 beta on VirtualBox to try it out and I played with it for a few hours and decided that it was not for me. This time around I would give it a fighting chance to either impress me or disappoint me. I was going to give it a full try with no Ubuntu to fall back on.

I’ll be honest with you, all the propriety programs I installed to get my Windows to work (Office, Ant- virus, Defragmentor…) are either trial versions of the programs or pirated, I did not want to spend a fortune just to try Windows 7.

After using Windows 7 for the past 2 weeks, I am amazed that I like Windows 7, there are some thing that I don’t like but there is a lot to like. I know some of you will call me a traitor to Open Source software, that I have turned to the dark side. My answer would be:  not really, I like to try new things to keep myself up to date with PCs and we have to face fact that Windows has a 88.92% share of all computers and linux has only 1.10%. Linux has lots of space for growth.

Even tough I was pleasantly surprised by Windows 7 and my short experience was for the most part enjoyable,  I will be installing Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop in October but I will not be dismissing Windows 7 like I did Vista and XP. I will keep on pushing the use of Open Source software.

The linux community must roll up its sleeves and continue the great work it has been doing. They must push the envelope and be leaders not followers in software development and we must educate the mass of the advantages of Open Source over the oligarchy we now have.

I am in sales and the worst thing a sales person can do is put down the competition instead of pushing the product he/she is  selling. It is always easier to put down the competition than to elevate your product, but you will feel better taking the high road, and in the long run you will gain more supporters. So if some Windows or Apple enthusiast is putting down Linux don’t stoop to his/her level just state something that you really enjoy when you use Ubuntu. Mention some option they may enjoy out of Linux, don’t just say that Windows sucks and Ubuntu rocks. You’ll just antagonize  them and chances are they won’t try Linux. (And Windows 7 doesn’t really suck).



  1. To sum it up:

    1) You botch your Ubuntu installation by blindly installing a test release over it, happily ignoring all best practices and making every conceivable mistake in the process.

    2) You have no idea what went wrong (“psychedelic colors on display” is not an accurate description of this or any other technical issue) and don’t know where and how to get help. Just looking around on some “forum” is not a proven problem solving strategy. Ever heard of Launchpad? Thought about actually asking the famously helpful Ubuntu community for advice? Guess what, there are people out there who know a lot more than you.

    3) Now you could have re-installed Ubuntu stable, but decide against it for some undisclosed reasons and go for Windows, which you swore you’d never touch again for some other undisclosed reasons. You find you like Windows after all. Good for you.

    4) Nonetheless you still see yourself as an “open source” advocat, while having no qualms about using crippled (“trial”) or pirated software. Not just that, you even feel the urge to preach us, other Ubuntu users and/or free software enthusiasts like me, how to best further our cause and how to better “sell” our ideals.

    And that’s where it gets more than just silly, that’s where the whole thing becomes absurd. When you think about it, “my failures” is indeed an appropriate title for this blog post.

    Comment by Sebastian Thürrschmidt — September 17, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    • I guess I touched a nerve. There is a bunch of things I omitted when I wrote this, my bad. I did not want to write a book, only a short essay on my experiences.

      I did search the Ubuntu forums and Launchpad. I did not ask for help because I am impatient and wanted an answer now and not wait.

      I installed Windows 7 because I wanted to try something new, for me.

      Am I not allowed to like Windows?

      The reason I gave up on Windows XP 4 and half years ago was because I wanted a new challenge.

      The title of this post is “My Failures with Ubuntu 10.10 and Experimenting with Windows 7” and it is 100% My failures.

      I still think that Ubuntu is better than Windows 7 that is why I shall be installing it back on my computer come October.

      You don’t like that I am preaching how to sell Ubuntu. I want Ubuntu to be tried by the most people possible because I feel that it is the best OS there is.

      I am pretty sure that if I would have mentionned that I hated Windows 7 instead of liking it your review of my post would have been a better one.

      Ubuntu rocks, Windows sucks! ;p

      Comment by spurius — September 17, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    • Step off your high horse.
      1) He decided to upgrade to the Beta release of Ubuntu. There’s nothing unreasonable about this.
      2) It goes horribly wrong, and a search for answers leads him nowhere.
      3) He decides to give the latest version of Windows a try to see how well it runs. It runs great.
      4) Sebastian gets all pissed because not sticks to the party line that Ubuntu is always win (if it isn’t then it’s obviously something stupid the user did), and Windows is always fail (if it’s not it’s because the user is stupid.)

      Imagine this scenario, a user installs that latest beta of Windows and fries his system in a way that neither he, nor helpful people online, can resolve. He/She, tries the latest stable Ubuntu and really likes it, despite the battle cry of peers. I bet you don’t get all nasty to the person telling this story.

      Relax. The sun is still shining, the Earth is still spinning, and your favorite bubble gum is still in style. Everything’s alright.

      Comment by maxolasersquad — October 4, 2010 @ 8:19 am

  2. This new ubuntu 10.something is complete fuck, i really cant say anything else
    btw, writing this with 10.04

    Comment by JN — September 19, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

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  4. As a technologist, I make it a point to try out the available offerings out there, and to keep an open mind about them. I support FLOSS, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to recognize that there is a swath of really good proprietary software out there.
    The worst thing one can do is engage in group think, or pretend they don’t like something that they really do, just to appease their peers.

    Comment by maxolasersquad — October 4, 2010 @ 8:14 am

  5. “The worst thing one can do is engage in group think, or pretend they don’t like something that they really do, just to appease their peers.”
    Said the Obama voters.

    Comment by Baldemar Huerta — October 21, 2010 @ 1:49 am

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