It seems they just decided that 10.04 is reaching end of life and now I can't perform updates on his machine. Further, the option to easily upgrade to 10.10 is no longer available in the update manager, they want us all to move to 11.10.
No thank you. To be fair, I have given 11 a test drive, a long one over two weeks on my Commodore Vic Slim desktop machine. Simply put, I *HATE* unity. It is extremely unfriendly to the desktop user, getting in the way, buggy, too tabletesque if that's a word I can use.
Apples iPad is certainly a game changer in the consumer world of popular computing. Now the big three, Apple, Microsoft, and Canonocal are moving their desktop interface in the direction that makes them friendly to a tablet form factor. And there's really nothing wrong with that. I understand that the consumer world likes the convenience of the tablet for media consumption. But there needs to be a classic desktop mode available for those of us that still want to use desktop machines.
Gnome 3 is not quite stable yet, I may give it another spin and try harder to adapt and live with the bugs, but I still love Gnome2. It's stable and reliable. I like that my machines just work. I like having a few important bits of information available via panel applets. I like the classic desktop paradigm, it works for me and the way I use my computers.
There are still too many problems with the new interfaces and the new kernel. Frankly, I'm afraid to run the new kernel on my MT101T eeePC netbook, I've read about a few people who've had their MT101T bricked by the new kernel and had to send them in to Asus for repair.
Soon, Ubuntu 10.10 will reach end of life and lose it's repositories. Soon I will have to migrate to something else and go through the trouble of reloading my machines. Kind of a pain since linux is so stable, I'd hoped to be able to just use my machines until the hardware died.
Wouldn't that be nice? To have a system where I could just worry about work I want to accomplish on the computer and not have to worry about the OS and keeping things running? Isn't that supposed to be an advantage of going with Linux on the desktop? Build it and just use it day-to-day without things breaking? I know that's what I want.
But these days, software companies and organizations seem to be in a race, a race to introduce new features and out do each other on *new* stuff. Rather, they should be spending time on fixing and trimming and speeding up existing software.
Ubuntu 10.10 got many things exactly right and was nearly the perfect desktop for me. But soon, Canonocle will force me to change by dropping support of one of the best Linux desktops that ever came along. This leaves me sad, and very hesitant to recommend Ubuntu to others.
So now, the search begins for another desktop OS. And I'm left a little sad.