Bugs Plague Ubuntu 9.10 Release
by, November 3rd, 2009 at 07:17 PM
This fall has brought a fresh bout in the ongoing operating system battles. Apple started the fray when it released Snow Leopard on August 28. Microsoft followed with tons of hype and a few new features in Windows 7, released October 22. And last but not least, Ubuntu 9.10 was officially released October 29.
Ubuntu has been fighting hard to take market share from Microsoft and Apple, and has tried to present itself as a user-friendly version of Linux ready for the masses. And this release brought huge opportunities, as Snow Leopard and Windows 7 have both stumbled on problems that just shouldn't be there. Since this release of Ubuntu is relatively light on new features, I was hoping to see it step up and really show people that Ubuntu is a great alternative to those other headaches you've been dealing with.
Or not. Early adopters of Ubuntu 9.10 are reporting problems with flickering or black screens, with over 20% of users reporting problems they can't fix. Only 10% are reporting a smooth, trouble-free install. Not what I had hoped to see.
As it turns out, there must be some sort of operating system H1N1 virus going around, and nobody is immune. Apple is still fighting Snow Leopard bugs that have been severe enough to push some users back to the previous release. Microsoft still doesn't know how to fix a continual reboot problem experienced commonly during upgrade. And now Ubuntu has problems too.
Maybe we're just expecting too much from software. Bugs happen. They always have, and they always will, and clearly nobody is immune. Should we just stop whining about it, and be content with continual reboots and terribly flickering displays? Or is it time that software companies pushed their quality level up another notch?
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