Ubuntu Linux is rubbish

Ubuntu Linux is rubbish

Summary: For too long now, I have been espousing the advantages, delights and superiority of Ubuntu Linux. No more!

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For too long now, I have been espousing the advantages, delights and superiority of Ubuntu Linux. No more!

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on my Acer Aspire One netbook. It just won't have it (a no init found error); I've tried different USB sticks, different startup disk creators, editing sysconfig.sys, nothing works :(

In the end, I had to upgrade the existing installation (btw, you have to enable the upgrade to non-long term release releases as detailed here).

Now I am waiting 5 hours for the upgrades to install. No, sorry, 6 hours.

Blimey, Ubuntu Linux is rubbish. I'd rather pay for the same experience ;)

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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  • I've said this same comment about ubuntu since 8.04. When I started using linux, I tried multiple distros and found that the only distro that successfully worked on 99% of the machines I tried was Mandriva. I've been using Mandriva since 2008.0 and I'm completely satisfied. No terminal usage (most if not all options are done with a beautiful GUI) unless you're doing something out of the ordinary. Its the perfect OS for someone that is migrating from Windows. Its exactly what they prefer.. GUI'ified.
    Nextwave-8fc00
  • Jake,

    Did it ever occur to you that your download might be corrupt. Did you check for the integrity. Did you ever tried and seek help from user forums and fellow Acer Aspire users and tried to troubleshoot as to why you are facing issues whereas others are not.

    Just because you got a username to this site, doesn't mean you have the right to say bad words for a Operating System used in millions of locations world wide and for free.

    At the onset, let us know the steps that you followed and let's see what we can do to help you.
    Meerkat's installation is the most straight forwards and 'idiot friendly' installation of all times and installation should be a breeze. Parallely try downloading it again (with the help of a downloader) and give the installation a second try.

    Gurmeet
    gurmeet1109
  • oh... boy.

    What is the speed of your internet connection. Do you think are you the only one download the Ubuntu 10.10 to have ultra fast connection. I have 5Mbps internet connection my entire Ubuntu 10.10 (downloading package, remove the old one and install the new packages) has finished around 2 hours of time. Now my Dell INSPIRON 1501 up and running better than ever before

    Can you please give some more technical reason why you calling it as rubbish. I disregard your base line two liner article.
    prabhunkl
  • I have been using ubuntu 10.04 on my Asus 1201N netbook for a few months and upgraded to 10.10 which went well. I then preceded to clean off my netbook and do a fresh install of windows 7 and then Ubuntu 10.10 side by side. the 10.10 did not go all that smoothly and seems to have a few glitches. That said, its now up and running fine alongside Windows 7 which I use for the odd old game.
    kiwiruss@...
  • I'm sure this post will generate quite a bit of feedback! At what point during the installation does it give this "no init found" error? Does the installer's kernel run? I mainly use Fedora but the installers are fairly similar from what I've seen in the past.
    Chris_Clay
  • I had a similar experience. I had to update to 10.10, because a kernel update took out my wireless card in 10.04. A fresh install bombed (black screen, no init). So I had to do an upgrade from 10.04, which did take about 6 hours. The wireless is back working, but it messed up acpi - I can only run at 800Mhz on battery. It refuses to scale up to 1.6Ghz. Oh well, I'll fight that battle later!
    fretinator@...
  • Hehe, It is amazing. Web 2.0 has allowed total amateurs with no logical, technical competency to say what they want and get heard. I like it and hate it at the same time.
    I found this article on Google news => Ubuntu. Really!
    bilotrace
  • How are you making your USB boot stick? I was trying to make one with the version of Unetbootin in the 10.04 repositories, but couldn't get past that "no init" error. It turns out, if you grab the latest version from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net it works perfectly.
    j_kesler@...
  • its simple your iso is corrupted download again.
    om26er-f6521
  • Very odd. I used usb-creator-gtk on my lucid desktop to flash the maverick desktop amd64 image to a 2G usb drive, and it booted fine on my Acer Aspire One 532h. As a matter of fact, the only hardware that currently doesn't work on it is the SD card reader, but that is a known kernel issue for this card reader (not acer specific). Everything else works.
    GrueMaster
  • I had problems installing the various flavors of ubuntu on my various pcs and I had all kinds of problems, until I discovered that when I burned a cd version for install that fast burn rates affect the quality of info. So now I burn at slow speed.....no more problems!
    jacman-0669c
  • Hi Jake,

    I also had problems installing ubuntu 10.10 on my acer aspire one netbook - 8GB SSD version. To get it to install I had to remove the SD card from the storage expansion slot then booted from the USB stick. With the SD card in the expansion slot, I also was unable to boot from a USB stick no matter what I tried. Once it had loaded up, I put the SD card back in the storage expansion slot and installed ubuntu 10.10 onto my SSD with /home on my SD card. If you've also got the SSD version, I gave up on doing an upgrade as it was taking over 12 hours with the original, very slow SSD. Ubuntu 10.10 seems to run slower than 10.04 so I'm not sure an upgrade is worth it. The bug info is at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/626164
    and bug #8 and #6. Hope this helps.
    mike_dev
  • I use an Ubuntu derivative, Mint 9.
    I use it on three netbook. One Eee PC 4G and two Eee PC 1000's.
    It works well on these three, so Ubuntu should as well.
    Linux.Kelley
  • I had a similar experience trying to boot from a USB stick created with unetbootin. I then tried booting from a Ubuntu 10.10 CD in and external drive and it worked fine. I'd point the finger at unetbootin.
    sgm224
  • I had this problem while using unetbootin. When changed to qt-disk-creator worked like a charm.
    Protomank
  • If it's the same experience (which has never been the case with me), then why would you want to pay for it? Besides, is 10.04 like that?
    ubudog-6c0d3
  • Oh dear Jake, you have opened a can of worms here with your blog.

    There is a problem creating a working Maverik Merkat USB install media from an ISO using most tools. This is surely a nuisance as netbooks and other smaller notebooks come without a built in DVDRW.

    However, istallation from an ISO and an external DVDRW works fine. I blogged about this a few weeks ago and JW responded.

    Surprising, however, that Ubuntu have not addressed and rectified the problem, bad PR. Notwithstanding this quirk, Ubuntu is still good.
    The Former Moley
  • Sounds like an ID10T error to me.
    whatshisname-4f394
  • This post is kinda useless for me, is the typical "I had a problem, so the problem is the software" I upgraded an old P4 laptop from 10.04 to 10.10 in a 1mbps adsl connection. It took like 4 hours, but it was worthy, I have also downloaded the ISO and burnt it to a CD-RW, and wrote it also on a 1GB usbdrive without problems (for my netbook) I think 10.10 is really the perfect 10.

    Have a nice day
    pablocampis
  • Dear Jake Rayson,
    I sympathize with the situation you are facing with Linux (from Ubuntu)and invariably agree that there are several shortcomings that need to be overcomed. But unfortunately on this occasion the issue you have mentioned is not with the operating system but is caused due to limitation of your hardware. . . any of my colleagues, including myself, would be more than happy to assist you to resolve this. . .

    But I would sincerely request that you kindly reconsider modifying the comments you have posted, as inevitably you are demonetizing and devaluing community project(s) (inc. Linux free software) over commercial rivals like Microsoft who have billion dollar budgets to develop their operating systems and are able to capitalize on the society.

    In my 20yrs professional experience with various operating systems and open source projects, I believe that LINUX is the most articulative, creative and ultimately by far the most innovative project so far ..... high commendation go to project leaders, developers and contributors for this great development…. which inevitably has the potential to be standardized across all platforms including desktops, servers, workstations, and portable devices inc. appliances, with consequential benefits to the greater society and good of mankind.


    GNU-Linux & Freedom are synonymous, if you wish to embrace Freedom embrace LINUX®


    Thank You
    T.T.
    COLDUS Corp.
    Linux.T.T