The dist-upgrade button
A couple of years ago, when someone in my neighbourhood’s Windows XP laptop became frustratingly slow and unstable, I convinced her to install Ubuntu. Using Ubuntu she could again perform all of her computing needs comfortably. Her laptop was fast and stable again and easy to maintain.
Since then, two times a year, we go through the same predictable and frustrating motions:
- The distribution upgrade button appears in Ubuntu’s update manager.
- Usually a few weeks later, when her dependency on her computer is temporarily somewhat lower, we do a backup of her home directory and click the upgrade button. After all, new and better versions of all installed software packages are waiting for her.
- After the upgrade has finished, she tries to restore her previous set-up and colour scheme in the new Ubuntu, insofar as it will let her.
- The next weekend we decide to do a fresh installation of the new Ubuntu, because it is less hassle than trying to fix all the odd quirks that have surfaced since the upgrade.
- She now has to fully recreate her previous set-up and colour scheme.
- She decides to learn to live with what seems to be the new set of bugs for the coming six months.
This morning I read The Register’s review of the latest Ubuntu beta.
Apparently Ubuntu is no longer fast or stable. If it is any indication, Ubuntu won’t be very fast or stable. I think I should try to convince her to install Arch. It’s either that, or buy her a Mac.