Top 6 Desktop Linux Blunders: Page 2

Linux blunders are the responsibility of the entire Linux community, and these top ones need to be addressed.
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4. Abandoned software

Remember when OpenShot went dark for a period. The blog and community was still available. But months and months went by before we finally heard anything about the now released 2.0 version of the software. Some might call this lucky. I call this a close brush with abandoned software. Thankfully, the project is now active as ever and is shaping up to do amazing things.

Unfortunately SourceForge, Github and other developer friendly sites are loaded with oodles of now dead projects. Often the software in question is dropped as soon as a life event requires the developer's full attention. In other cases, it's a matter of time vs money. Regardless of the cause, the issue is incredibly frustrating.

Unlike Windows users, we depend more heavily on our software selections. The simple fact of the matter is that Windows users have far more software choices available to them. And while I'd argue that many of those choices are expensive and sometimes loaded with unwanted software additions, the fact is if a selected app dies...there are other alternatives. Linux users may not have that option. And unless you're a talented developer interested in taking over the dead project, sometimes it means going without.

5. Linux Audio

Despite what you might think after reading this article, I actually enjoy the Linux desktop. Then again, I'm very careful and thoughtful how I run it. One area that bothers me even as a power user is the issue of Linux audio.

From sound architectures like ALSA to sound servers like PulseAudio, the entire layout of the Linux audio system is so pieced together it's no wonder folks still struggle with it. Now, the current goto way to place blame here is to simply point out that all of the audio woes we experience stem from PulseAudio. This is nonsense, as this sound server doesn't account for every issue experienced. It might contribute to them, however we can then go even deeper and start blaming multimedia frameworks like Gstreamer or Xine. Some apps work best with Gstreamer while others still do best even today with Xine.

Folks, this is insane. I mean just to have any sort of sane audio recording ability, one really needs to use a lower latency kernel and the JACK audio server. This provides the best result in the nightmare blunder-fest that is Linux audio.

I love using Linux, but I despise Linux audio most days.

6. The constant bickering

The last item I want to rant about is the constant bickering. I'm not talking about folks letting off steam after a failed installation or something along those lines. I'm talking about the anti-this and anti-that bickering that fills up entirely too much of our community's forums. In-fighting from Mir vs Wayland to people fighting with other Linux enthusiasts about how systemd is going to "destroy the universe." It's petty, it's incredibly unhealthy and I for one after 10+ years, am quite tired of it.

On the plus side, I've seen some of this bickering dialed down some. And that's awesome to see! But every once in awhile, I still see the jab about how “this distro sucks because of this” or something to that affect. I realize that it's part of what makes up our overall community of Linux users. But man, we even have the creator of the Linux kernel itself tearing into folks in the public eye. It was mildly amusing at first. But after awhile, it gets pretty darned old. And as you might suspect, this is indeed what I'd call the biggest (avoidable) blunder of all.

Making Linux lemonade out of lemons

In this article, I shared some pretty distinct blunders that I think are avoidable as well as inexcusable. And while some of these issues can be modified or avoided with a dash of fancy boot parameters or blacklisting. Fixing some of these blunders need to start with us.

What say you? Perhaps you take issue with some of my points in this article? Maybe you think I'm understating the problem? Whatever it may be, share your thoughts in the Comment section below.

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