A couple of disappointing aspects of Hardy that do not appear to be getting fixed before release.
- Ubuntu Hardy and long-running flash apps
don't get along
. I also get a weird problem where a song playing in pandora will skip to the next song all of a sudden, for seemingly no reason. It doesn't happen when booted into Windows on the same laptop. It happens in FF3 and Konq, so it's browser agnostic as far as I can tell. Couldn't get anyone to help try and reproduce on the IRC channels, instead getting an earful about how I was deviating from the default config (and it therefore wasn't a real issue) when I the default config is what gave me trouble in the first place. Guess I have to boot into Windows to listen to Pandora or watch long youtube videos.
- Ubuntu Hardy enables a nice security feature, blocking mmap of the lower 64k. This
messes up wine
, though. wine 0.9.60 includes some fixes that appear to patch cleanly into Ubuntu's 0.9.59 source package, but the fellows on #ubuntu+1 told me that any fix is unlikely. Having to unsecure your machine by executing an esoteric command manually doesn't give the best impression to me, but oh well.
- Just when my wireless was working by default in Gutsy, and in Hardy until last month, it regresses. I even bought a new laptop a few months ago hoping that my old/crappy Broadcom chipset was the cause of most of my problems (it was). Now, just when I get used to things working decently, it's broken on my new HP Pavilion laptop. Continual asking for attention to the issues in the IRC channel proved fruitless. Hopefully it doesn't take 3 releases (I worked with my Canonical support rep over the course of Dapper, Edgy, and Feisty) to get wireless working again.
Given the unnoticeable improvements (to me) over KUbuntu Gutsy, I may downgrade and just wait for the next upgrade cycle. I was sincerely hoping that by diving in months in advance of the release and dealing with the difficulties that it would result in a release that better met my needs. I'm say to say that doesn't appear to be the case, and now I guess I'll pay another $250 to try and get something decent out of the next release by going through the more official support channels.
The IRC channels are starting to be more like #debian, which is very offputting. Canonical should really talk to these guys who emit these unfriendly attitudes. I'm not at fault for having issues, regardless of my hardware, and I'm not an idiot for taking the time to report them and taking time to try and provide debugging information in the spirit of helping make a better product.
Actually, maybe I am. Maybe that's the problem?
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