Things I Hate About Linux

Now, let’s be clear. I don’t hate Linux. But there are some things that I hate about it.

  1. It refuses to transfer files to and from my Nexus phone.
  2. Rhythmbox does not work after a fresh install, at least not with mp3s, because mp3 is a “proprietary” format. I still haven’t gotten Rhymbox to work with mp3s. Or Banshee. But the default Ubuntu video players plays them just fine. Seriously?
  3. It doesn’t play nicely with your most basic wireless connectors. Or printers.
  4. It doesn’t play nicely with much of anything.

Now, these may seem like petty issues to many, but let me explain. When I built my first computer nearly three years ago, I built it specifically to be a Linux box. I built it to be awesome. I built it to be the center of all my computing. And, perhaps foolishly, I have always done the Ubuntu upgrades. My first install gave me a significant amount of grief installing QGIS, which had failed dependencies that I never did work out. I had to go in and change something with Aptitude and managed to hack it. This has been the case with all too many programs. More recently, the upgrade to Ubuntu 16 caused my Nexus phone to appear with lsusb, but absolutely no amount of google research gave me what I needed to transfer music from my computer to my phone. And remember, this computer was supposed to be my core for all computing.

For the longest time I thought I was really bad ass for using Linux. But as time wore on, my patience grew thin, as I always managed to encounter these incredibly obscure issues. Moreover, after the Ubuntu 16 upgrade, I started seeing checksums on every bootup, and no forums answers proved fruitful. It’s awful when it doesn’t ever feel like it’s working right. And my brain still has not figured out how to remember the file structure. It is in opt? Is it in lib? Is it in usr/lib? Nobody knows. I’m not saying Windows is better, but after so many years, I pretty much know exactly where to look for things in Windows.

Sigh. We can’t all be Unix amins. I’ve never written a legitimate Bash script and I can’t say I care to. At the same time, Linux leads me back into computer history, which I find exciting. It provides a world where I can load System Monitor and see that about 1/12 of my 12gb of ram is being used. It’s elegant in its own way, I suppose. I just feel like a dumb ass trying to get it to do “simple” things. Right now I’m mostly using Windows 10, and I hate where they’ve gone with their data mining and privacy concerns. But at least it works with minimal overhead. I’ll figure something out. Maybe I just need to ditch Ubuntu and try a different distro.

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