After more than a year of Xubuntu I’ve switched back to Windows. The biggest problem is that it’s impossible to smoothly play an album. That is, you always have a skip in the music from one song to the next, even when using a “cross-fade”. I recently listened to Pink Floyd’s The Wall for the first time, and I seemed to get a mild cardiac arrest at every transition between the songs! It cut me every time. I tried every media player, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Linux Mint. None of them play music properly under any Linux distribution.
One thing is clear: Linux developers clearly have little appreciation for music. If I were designing an operating system, almost the first thing I would make sure of is that music can be played properly! Hell, I’d rather a console-based system that plays music properly over what Linux currently is. Microsoft solved this problem decades ago. To be honest, I suspect that Microsoft has employees “getting high” on weekends to test various product variations to see which is the most appealing; those nerds know their shit!
The Linux guys are morons, and most of them drive me mad if I have to talk to them for more than five minutes. This one time I was jointly tutoring a MATLAB programming class with one, and after explaining some maths on the board he proceeded to tell the whole class I was completely wrong and showed them his method, which was nonsense! The students all went with my approach…
There are many other problems, too. It took me a long time to work out how to get my wireless working without inconsistent and long ping times. The solution was some obscure power-saving disabling command. Even now, though, under optimal conditions Firefox in Windows 7 loads pages noticably faster than in Ubuntu.
Of-course, the whole time I also had a Windows XP virtual machine for when I need to do tax, practice with my RC for my RC planes, use my oscilloscope, print, etc. But the music issue was the last straw.