“The waiting is the hardest part,” Tom Petty sang in 1981. Little did he know he was actually referring to the CloudBook that’s sitting on my dining room table. Some applications load with relative speed, but others seem to take forever. For example, the other day I was trying to use the Add/Remove applications feature to see if I could install more programs. You see, unlike Microsoft Windows’ Add/Remove Programs tool which exists primarily to help you uninstall apps you no longer want, the Add/Remove in gOS / Ubuntu gives you a very extensive list of available applications you don’t have yet, but could download and install. It’s even searchable. That’s a good thing, because unless you’re a hardcore Linux user, you may not know where to find all the latest Ubuntu-compatible applications. Unfortunately, what happens when I select Add/Remove from the applications menu is not pleasant. I took a video to show you the ugly results. It’s really blurry (hard to take screen video like this), but let me explain what you see above.
I can forgive a few seconds of loading and few more seconds for the application to connect to the Internet and download a fresh list of available applications. What is truly unforgivable is that, after the hourglass appears for 15 seconds, the user has no indication at all that the program is still loading. To be fair, this is the only app that loads this slowly, but others aren’t exactly quick.
All times were taken from the first load of a session. These programs open a lot more quickly if you’ve opened them earlier in your session.