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Ubuntu woes

I wish there was some setting that would tell apt, "automatically install all the -dev packages relevant to anything I install". One thing about Ubuntu that really annoys the heck out of me is how single programs are broken apart into multiple packages. And for that matter, another thing is how so many things are shoved into "lib-*" packages for no reason I can determine.

Is there something about computer geeks that never lets us be satisfied with anything? I don't have time to go off and change distros again but I find myself wanting to. Ubuntu works fine for 95% of the things I want it to do. Why does the 5% bother me so much? Same with window managers, I've flip-flopped from Gnome to KDE to FVWM to *box to XFCE back to KDE back to Gnome etc. etc., with even a diversion to buying a Mac and using OS X for a while. Pretty much all of those do enough or almost enough to let me get by on a daily basis. Why do I feel the need to abandon ship so often?

In another way it's a good thing, I get a good taste of everything, but there's also something to be said for settling down and going with what works after a while.

June 22, 2007 @ 1:15 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: Ubuntu, Rant

4 Comments

wahman143
Quoth wahman143 on June 22, 2007 @ 3:34 AM PDT

I feel you man - If I had a dollar for every time I've changed distros and WM's/DE's, I'd have a small fortune.

I settled the DE issue by sticking with KDE...I've just gotten used to it. However...

It's interesting that you point out how "computer geeks are never satisfied with anything", because I've been experiencing a similar feeling lately. I changed my home desktop from Gentoo to FC after taking a class at Red Hat; I didn't know if it was the right move, but I did it anyway...and so far I'm pleased, but even that has changed from F7 x86_64 to i686.

However, at work on my laptop (corporate desktop has 'doze on it), I've changed from Gentoo to Arch to Kubuntu to FC6 back to Gentoo then to Kubuntu 7.04 then back to F7. I feel like I can never settle on one thing...I'll tell myself, "This is it, no more changing!!!1111", but then a week later I'm back at it again.

Good luck with Ubuntu - I've been getting apt errors on one of my test laptops, and not being an apt guru, I'm shelving it for now.

Cheers, Wah

Brian
Quoth Brian on June 22, 2007 @ 7:49 AM PDT

Fedora is one I've never tried yet. Might have to read up on it a bit more.

Yams
Quoth Yams on June 23, 2007 @ 8:43 AM PDT

I installed Fedora 7 (KDE) the other day on a separate partition. I haven't had much time to play with it, but supposedly if you're into VMing it's the best distro out there.

I'm more exited about KDE4 than any particular distro. Ubuntu does it's job well enough for me.

numerodix
Quoth numerodix on June 23, 2007 @ 10:16 PM PDT

It's flexibility, man. It's easy enough to say "this system works, has all the apps you need, you'll be happy with it", and a lot of people are with Ubuntu. But there will always be those "rare" cases when it doesn't do what you need, whereas Gentoo often will.

Face it, we're coders, we need that kind of flexibility.