People who’ve been following my blog know I hate Apple. What I talk much rarely about though are my issues with Linux. With years as a software developer, I’ve progressively become a strong believer in Open Source and interoperability. What sucks is that my favorite OS so far is Windows XP…
I’ve tried several Linux distributions in the past, and they all failed on me at some point. A few months ago I installed kubuntu 9 on my laptop (a 6 years old machine I use to watch videos, surf the internet, and software development).
Everything was fine…I mean, Kubuntu’s performance was far from what I could achieve with Windows XP (HD video is a no-go with kubuntu on my machine, while on XP it’s ok), but I lived with the idea that it’s the price to pay (especially with an Intel graphics card) if I want to benefit from the cool features of KDE (ripping an Audio CD in Konqueror is an extremely cool experience), Amarok, and of course all the development tools.
Anyway, 2 days ago Kubuntu suggested me to upgrade to the latest version, Kubuntu 10 (Lucid Lynx). I clicked on upgrade, the system installed all the updates, rebooted, and crashed.
I tried lots of things, it simply seems Ubuntu 10 doesn’t support my hardware anymore. At first I thought the upgrade had failed because of some of my configuration files, but neither the Live CD of Ubuntu or Kubuntu work… Basically whenever the system tries to start the X window manager, it crashes. Incompatibility with my graphics card? I don’t know, and the log files from Xorg or dmesg don’t seem to give any useful information or error.
For the first time in months, I booted this machine on Windows XP. And guess what, it worked fine, like it always did for the past 6 years.
I still need a Linux distribution on this machine though. I use some of the tools there on a regular basis so I can’t live without a Linux machine. I’ll give a try to other distributions, suggestions are welcome.
(For those interested, my computer is an Amilo M1405. The graphics card is an intel i810. If people with the same hardware configuration could report success/failure on Ubuntu 10, that would be great)