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 under Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc. None of them play music properly under any Linux distribution.
One thing is clear: Linux distribution developers have little appreciation for music. If I were designing a home 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 Microsoft employees “get high” on weekends to test various product variations.
The Linux guys are often morons, and most of them drive me mad in five minutes. This one time in 2008 I was jointly tutoring a Matlab programming class with Ivan Miljenovic as part of an introductory maths subject. After I explained some maths on the board he interrupted me and proceeded to tell the whole class I was completely wrong and showed them his method, which was nonsense! The students mostly used my method. I would probably have to pay him now, to get an apology.
There are many other technical problems. 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.