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October 3, 2007

My Problems Running Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn"

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1. Support for wide screen displays

I have a Dell 2005FPW 20 inch widescreen LCD monitor. It has a native resolution of 1680x1050. This is getting to be a more and more common screen resolution. And yet Ubuntu doesn't use this resolution "out-of-the-box". Ubuntu set the resolution to 1280x1024, which looked squished. And it didn't give the option to set the resolution to the native 1680x1050, it only detected that the best the monitor supported was 1280x1024.

It's not just my monitor (which I think is a very common model), other 20 and 21 inch widescreens with 1680x1050 resolution cause the same problem.

2. Hard Drive Removal

When I did this Ubuntu installation, I did so with an extra HD drive attached. This had all the data from my old install, which I could copy onto the new install. This extra hard drive was mounted somewhere similar to /media/hd1. I point that out because this drive contained no system information, no partition was mounted as /home or /usr or something important. It was just a one partition drive with lots of media files on it.

When I had copied everything from the extra drive to the new install, I powered down and removed the IDE drive. On the next startup, Ubuntu displayed all sorts of drive mounting errors, and booted into the terminal interface. No GUI. I understand where the mounting errors came from, but no GUI? Windows handles this in a much more clean manner. When you remove an extra drive (of course, not the primary partition with the Windows install on it) Windows simply ignores the fact that the drive was ever there. It keeps on working fine.

3. Super User File Manager

Shouldn't this be available? I understand and agree with the arguments that a user should have a limited access account. But there are times when you need to move files around outside of your home directory. Say I want to drop a new icon for an application I installed in /usr/share/pixmaps. Or drop a program's executable binary I downloaded or built from source into /opt. I know this can be done from the command line, but someone coming from a Windows background will expect to do this in the file manager. All the other distributions have a super user file manager available in the menus. Any reason Ubunutu can't? The solution to this is to run "gksudo nautilus" from a command line window, or create a launcher with the same command.

4. Dual Monitor Support.

Ubuntu should detect this and have tools to configure it. There's no way to use dual monitors on an out of the box install. You shouldn't have to go edit xorg.conf. Or install additional programs or the restricted drivers. More and more users will be using 2 or more monitors, and it should be better supported.

Posted by stoltenow at 8:11 PM | Comments (0)