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Comments on: Six Annoyances in Hardy Heron Ubuntu

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By: oldbarney

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 23:34:24 +0000

I agree with the above. I too love Ubuntu. I went from experimenting with Breezy to running with Dapper. I had two networked machines sharing a dial-up internet connection working fine. Just a few problems with some video formats. I checked out Hardy, expecting it to be a smoothe and empowering move. I came unstuck. I couldn't get the networking to run again, and a host of other annoying little bugs. I put Dapper back. Then came 8.04.1. I've just tried it again. It has got into a mode where the screen is bigger than the display. Bits of it come into view as the mouse reaches the end of the screen. I cannot find a way to change this behaviour. I gave up on Red Hat 6 years ago because of the lack of transparency in editing 'xconf' etc! I do not want to spend hours trying to figure that out again. I'm going back to Dapper again!

By: Brent Fisher

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:25:02 +0000

I am using Hardy Heron, Here is a list of things that don't work... 1. Sound can only be used one way (play/record) at a time. If you have 2 soundcards it isn't as bad, but you can wipe away all dreams of using MMSSTV under Wine... 2. And don't get me started on Wine, I have about a 97 percent failure rate, click on a Wine program, and you're dumped at the log in screen as often as a candle flame is hot. If I'm really lucky, it might work, but kiss anything related to the Windows Video Subsystem the he-double-tooth-picks goodbye (which means no Virtualdub :-( 3. I bought a cheapo LCD monitor from Wal*Mart, For a few months I was able to run it at its crisp 1400x1050 native resolution. Thing is, this monitor is a piece of slant-eye junk that underrates itself for a whopping resolution of 1280x768...yecch,,, So I have to use a backup CRT monitor to trick it into going into the proper mode. This is too much like DRM.. And the standard age-old annoyances are never fixed: copy text, close app, lose what you typed...if even so much of a pixel of a file icon collides with the Network Servers thing in the sidebar, the whole system freezes for 20 seconds...a PSP that takes less than one fourth of a second to view files on Windows XP takes 7 whole seconds on Ubuntu (yes, I timed it, it sucks when you're testing programs and have to keep mounting it to copy a newly compiled version over)... by the way, if you get an upgrade for GVFS, DON'T CLICK IT!!! I M E A N I T!!! Upgrading GVFS and gvfs-backends will BRICK, yes, B R I C K (that is, render permanently inoperable) your trashcan, forcing you to surf the internet to find out where the trash is so you can rm the files.

By: hardcore_ubuntu_fan

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 11:58:11 +0000

My annoyances: 1. Internal mic doesn't work 2. Internal 56k modem doesn't work 3. Webcam doesn't work(except in Skype)

By: Brian Gottier

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 19:10:54 +0000

I am a Ubuntu desktop user and Ubuntu server admin, so I do love my Ubuntu, but I hate that setting up a multi-button mouse has to be as hard as it is. That and dual monitor support is somewhat lame. When the Ubuntu team finally fixes these issues, I will be a happy camper.

By: James

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:13:54 +0000

Hardy locks up my computer all the time forcing me to do a hard reset. I have no such issues with Gutsy. I've found so many posts on the Internet from people having the exact same issue. How could they have let this go through? Why is it not fixed yet? I love Ubuntu and have been using it for years, but I am severely disappointed by this release. FF3 is buggy as hell as well.

By: Clyde Boom

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:52:03 +0000

Your readers may be interested in the comments about Hardy - as can be seen at Mark Shuttleworth's post at: The post is named "Ubuntu’s role in bug management for the whole free software stack". And lots of people are unhappy that this version is so poorly executed. Your readers may also want to learn some more about Ubuntu Linux by watching some sample Ubuntu Linux training videos at: You can have a look at the free Ubuntu Linux book blog and see an Ubuntu Linux book being developed - daily. And you can comment on this book and help develop its progress! Thanks for the post! Clyde Boom, The Easy Linux Training Guy ;) - Easy, self-paced Linux training - in Plain English!

By: n/a

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:59:13 +0000

I to have had probs with Hardy: 1. My external drive mounted once when asked to input my pw thru the policy manager - after that it no longer worked. 2. After updates - the system would freeze on bootup- finally found out it was just freezing due to klogd as I stopped that and the bootup continued on. 3. rc.local wouldn't run my custom script at the right time. 4. system monitor quit on me - well it would startup once on login - then it wouldn't anymore, just a quick blink then once clicking it more than then 3 times or so it would try to startup but fade out with the process still running - logging out and back in just repeated the process, etc.. ............ The above issues made me go back to Gutsy :) so far very few if any issues with Gutsy - non are major.. of course all the probs i had were in gnome - I went back to kubuntu 7.10 - i was going to try 7.10 gnome but I forgot I gave all the CDs away and didn't want to download an iso, - dialup.. ............... Alas on other issues Ubuntu needs to think of dialup users like kubuntu - they don't inlcude gnome-ppp by default :/ unlike kubuntu where they include kppp. :)

By: Peter De Maeyer

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 18:40:14 +0000

I couldn't agree more: Hardy is worse than Gutsy, and even though I've been a huge fan of Linux, the fact that Hardy has rendered 2 out of 3 of my PCs useless is a shame. A list of issues: 1. Dell Latitue D800 laptop rendered useless after recent update, any key stroke or mouse click takes ages to invoke any kind of reaction. I'm facing a huge challenge with the Gutsy live CD to try and get this one right. 2. Floppy disk access doesn't work on Hardy (it does on Gutsy). Sure, floppies are ancient history, but sometimes I need them as boot disk for firmware upgrades and BIOS updates and stuff. 3. Wireless freezes the PC with blinking keyboard leds (to be honest: I don't know if Gutsy would do any better). One thing that has actually improved in Hardy: mplayer. The package maintainers must have done something right to the compile flags (actually, I rather think they messed up in Gutsy). It used to play HD movies sluggish on Gutsy, outputting messages like "your system is too SLOW to play this" (on a Core 2 Duo no less, go figure), but now on Hardy they play smooth as hell. With 2 out of 3 systems down I'm so frustrated with Hardy right now... Looks like Ubuntu is over it's peak going downhill from here...

By: Davide

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 21:41:34 +0000

Here's the latest: I'm unable to play DVDs. Windows 98 with VLC would be up and running in 10 seconds.

By: Imran Khan

Sat, 28 Jun 2008 09:12:24 +0000

Yes i am also facing problems in update Manager, every time it ask me to update the system and after updating the system the same question again ... But ubuntu is great because its free OS.