I just lost an entry I was working on due to Firefox locking up so badly that I had to completely power off the laptop to get things back to normal. The reason it locked up? I accidentally managed to press CTRL-S and brought up the “Save Page As” file requester and when I clicked the Cancel button to dismiss that window it opted to totally fuck the OS instead of just closing back up and going away like it would on any other reasonable OS. That’s just dumb. There’s no excuse for that. Canceling a file requester should never totally lock up your system.
Whatever mojo it takes to run Linux in a stable fashion is apparently beyond my reach. I’ve managed to get things to a point where I only have to worry about applications quitting for no apparent reason as opposed to the whole system crashing for no apparent reason and I’ve been able to live with that fairly well, but when the system locks up because I canceled a file requester… I dunno. That just seems like asking a bit much.
I’ve been working on a project here at work converting the Internet kiosks we have set up for the folks out on the floor from Windows to Ubuntu. Recently someone pointed out that there’s some profiles for Kubuntu that would do most of the work for me so I downloaded the latest version (8.10) and installed it on the test machine I’ve been using. It installed fine, but when you login it never makes it through the whole login process without locking up completely. It starts showing the little icons starting with the hard drive and then as it’s fading the others in it just stops. If I install the previous version (8.04) it seems to let me login just fine. Does that make any sense to anyone? I’d expect that sort of problem if we were going from version 8 to version 9 or version 10, but we went up by .6 of a version number. That’d be like if you were running Windows XP and then installed Service Pack 2 and your system no longer let you login. Actually it’d be like you wiped the hard drive and installed Windows XP with Service Pack 2 already in it and it refused to let you login cause I did a clean install of 8.10 of Kubuntu. Hell, it seems like you’re rolling the dice just letting the system updater run.
And a lot of this is just my frustration venting at the moment. I don’t have a choice here at work. I’m going to have to work with this OS like it or not so I’ll sit down and pour through the dozens of log files in /var/logs and see if I can figure out which one might tell me what the fuck is going on and try to learn something, but I’m really starting to hate Linux. Or at least Ubuntu. Stupid shit happens that doesn’t make any damned sense on stuff that should be rock solid and trying to find out what’s going on and why is exceedingly difficult. It shouldn’t be that way. This is supposed to be the better OS.