My problems with the CloudBook last weekend had me wondering, is there something wrong with me or something wrong with the CloudBook or, maybe, is there something wrong with Linux itself?
Last night, I tried installing Ubuntu 7.1 on my laptop, a two year old ThinkPad z60m with 1GB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. I was really excited to get my first taste of Ubuntu, after having used RedHat a little bit back in the late 90s and early 2000s. The install of Ubuntu went smoothly enough, and the system seemed to detect all my hardware, from the sound card right up to the wireless card. However, the problems started almost immediately. In maybe two hours of use:
The inconsistent behavior of the OS reminds me of Vista and makes me wonder: is Linux ready for prime time? I’m sure there are explanations somewhere for my mysterious on-again off-again problems, though I’m having a hard time hunting them down. One thing Microsoft and Apple know is that users want their operating system to just work. I don’t think most home or business users would put up with this kind of schizophrenic behavior from their OS, even if they could find solutions to most problem sby googling support groups (presumably on a second computer that works) after every crash. As for me, I like the idea of Linux and I want to make this work so I’m going to keep trucking and trying to find solutions.