I’ve been using Ubuntu for the better part of 5 years now, from back in the 6.x days. For the most part, it has been the best thing I’ve ever done as an IT engineer (including getting my bachelor’s degree). I was able to experiment with a lot, learned a LOT about programming and servers, and moreover, the OS was ALWAYS fast and well-behaved. Sadly, with the release of 11.10, that is no longer the case. In my case, Ubuntu couldn’t decide which of my 4 HDs needs the boot sector installed onto it, even when I selected the proper drive. After three install attempts, I removed the other 3 hard disks and installed Windows 7. (No problems)
Call me crazy, but Windows 7 is impressing me. Yes, command prompt is awful, but it can be overcome with Console & GitBash. Instead of relying on the hacky “bluetile” window manager, I have useful tiling built right into the OS (window-left / window-right). Yes, I miss workspaces – but if I really want them, VirtuaWin can provide it to me.
I do really miss package management. I also really miss easy deployment of applications. Finally, I really and truly feel conflicted about not having the faintest clue about what’s going on under the box. Richard Stallman’s “The Right to Read” is still burned in the back of my mind somewhere; I can’t really trust an OS built by a company that has trotted out horrible DRM schemes over and over again.
I probably will end up spending a few months in the wilderness, trying out different OSes in virtualbox. I’ll probably end up with Debian, since I really do love the aptitude package management system.