Just my 2 cents for growing repository of flames inspired by Linux Haters blog (btw - highly recommended!!!). You see - I was trying to convert my old notebook into a photos/movies machine, that would sit on my coffee table. Being a secondary notebook, it would be also a good machine to be taken with me on business trips and the like (quite an old Thinkpad T42, almost expendable, ya see). Of course (of course!!!) I installed Ubuntu on it - after all Ubuntu (or Linux in general) should be ideal for this task (which is - digital media storage, playback, light web browsing etc.). And you know what? It sucks! Especially when compared with Windows. For example - compared with Windows Vista (this, you know, buggy, useless Windows version, sure…). Just a few (5) quick examples of simple things that Vista can do - and Ubuntu is not capable of even dreaming about
1. View photo EXIF data in file manager
Open a folder containing photos in windows explorer and you can sort them by exif data. So - for example - it’s easy to find photos shot on a given date (and copy them to usb flash drive…). Or sort photos by their resolution. Etc. Gnome’s nautilus does not know anything about Exif. Hell, it does not know anything about metadata at all. And F-Spot compared with Windows Photo Gallery… well, let’s say that it is so bad, that such comparison almost seems to be unfair (speed, stability - tried exporting more than 100 photos from F-Spot? Good luck!, even sanity - do not even try to see what are your photos filenames, it’s almost forbidden - but we have tags, don’t we?)
2. View MP3 metadata in file explorer
Heck. Try above with MP3 files (not free format? no problem - it does not work with OGG either). Same story…
To be fair one should mention that there is a plugin (Info list view) for file metadata for Konqueror (complex software this - some freetards do not even understand how this thing works..). Or rather was - I have not seen it yet in KDE4 snapshots. Ah, and BTW, Dolphin seems not to care about metadata as well.
3. See thumbnails (sensible size) in file selector
Thanks to GVFS / GIO / Gwhatever transition we have now file thumbnails in Gnome file selector (BTW - which still sucks but it’s another story). Hurrraaaaayyyy… Pity Gnome is not bundled with a magnifying glass, so that these micro thumbnails could be even remotely useful (and do not get me even started on how the Gnome thumbnail machinery works… Or rather try for yourself, pointing your mighty Nautilus to folder storing your photo collection - patience is a virtue they say…).
4. Copy image from webpage (in Firefox) to Openoffice.org Impress
So I was trying to prepare a presentation in Impress and thought that it would be much nicer if it contained a picture taken from a webpage. Ctr-C - Ctrl-V you think? Buwahahahahahaha. Not between Firefox and Impress. Drag & drop? Hehehehehehehe. So, save to disk - insert from file. How pathetic, it’s 2008 and not 1988…
5. Sort (or do anything useful) with tracker results.
In Hardy Heron we have this shiny full text desktop search (a bit broken thanks to some freetards - see bug 150379, but I digress). Yes, Linux can do it, we do not need Google desktop or other evil spotlights (erm, vista indexer is built into the OS and I do not think it has a special codename… Live search perhaps?). So we use tracker search, get say 300 results, and we want to sort them by filename. Not possible, you say? OK, filter the result set then? Nope? OK, maybe we can use a boolean query at least? Shit, I give up… (ah, BTW - using tracker directly from file dialog still crashes Openofice.org - spit and polish for LTS release… Spit, indeed).
In fact I gave up completely. I installed Vista Business. Works like a charm even though this notebook has only small amount of ram (ok, aero glass is off - but compiz was blacklisted anyway, and rightly so as it’s highly unstable, you see this notebook has a radeon GPU on board).