I have always been a big fan of Ubuntu. I still am. I am not saying Ubuntu 13.04 sucks. I love lots of new things in Ubuntu 13.04 but there are certain things which I hate in Ubuntu 13.04. And this article is to vent out my frustration over few simple things which should be there and few things which should not be. I am not talking about too much of geeky stuff such as XYZ library should not have been included or so. This is more from a beginner’s point of view. The list is in no particular order.
Sorry, Ubuntu 13.04 has experienced an internal error:
One of the first few things which you’ll see is this crash report. It keeps on popping every now and then. I know that this is just an apport and you can disable these crash reports any time but why is it enabled by default in first place. It started with Ubuntu 12.04 and has become some sort of legacy now.
Format USB key or SD card:
Now, now. Wait. Why this point in this list. I mean is it not that you right click on the mounted drive, choose the option of format to format the USB drive or SD card?? Yes, in a parallel universe (i.e. Windows) because if you have to do it in Ubuntu, you need to use a separate tool for it. And if you think the default disk utility program can do this, you are wrong. You have to install a dedicated application to format a USB drive in 3-4 steps.
No Sound in Ubuntu 13.04:
Don’t be surprised if after installing you find no sound in Ubuntu 13.04. You are probably not the only one facing this problem. By the time I am writing this article, there is only one workaround available and that is to reload Alsa. But this is a temporary fix and problem resurfaces every now and then. By the way does brightness button works in your laptop?
Unmet dependencies while installing apps from Ubuntu Software Center:
Yes, dear readers! There are several apps in Ubuntu’s official app store, Ubuntu Software Center, which are not compatible with Ubuntu 13.04. But these programs are very well compatible if you install them from their PPA, for example Nitro. Then why are they in Software Center itself, should they not be updated? Well, don’t ask me, ask Ubuntu.
Wait! Where is the weather indicator?
No weather indicator in Ubuntu Software Center. All you got is a weather indicator for China and a StormCloud that will cost you money. There is always the option of My Weather Indicator but not having even one working weather indicator applet in its official app store is a shame for Ubuntu.
What is this Amazon thingy doing in the launcher?
No really! what is this Amazon thing is doing in my Unity launcher?? Why is it there by default? I am not talking about turning off the Amazon suggestions, I am not a privacy freak. I am simply asking about the Amazon Web App which does nothing except opening Amazon.com in the default browser (like most of the other web apps).
Dear Ubuntu! Backspace button in the keyboard has a purpose, to “go back”
As you must have experienced by now, pressing backspace in Nautilus (now called Files) leads you no where. Now you have to use alt+left arrow key to go back. Long time Ubuntu user might have experienced the same thing in Firefox as well. While in Windows, pressing backspace takes you one page back, in Ubuntu you’ll have to configure Firefox for the backspace key to work.
That’s just few of the things that irritate me in Ubuntu 13.04 but this does not mean that I dislike Ubuntu. In fact Ubuntu 13.04 is the best looking Ubuntu distribution of all time. This article is my attempt to highlight some of the common annoyances faced by an average user in 13.04 so that Ubuntu community can pay attention to them in future releases. I am certain that you too have few things which you hate in Ubuntu 13.04. Thanks for sharing it