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If the majority was always voting for what they wanted, Linux could very well have remained rather obscure. Thankfully, some people decided to make Linux more available to users like myself.
It seems to me that Linux is far bigger nowadays due to a few people opening the door wider. I'm thankful for that.
Each year there seems to be more whiners and squeakers complaining that some new device isn't what they wanted it to be or doesn't have this or that. The iPad is what is is! You now know what it is! Acknowledge that and move on!
Geez, don't stand next to a Porsche and bitch about the mileage! Don't stand next to a Kia and bitch about its lack of performance!
And please tell me that so many "smart" people didn't really expect some miracle, magic bullet device that executed all other Apple products?! LOL
I do own a laptop which is great to have but it's just too clunky to carry around and to deploy in any random wifi hotspot that I come across. Sure I did that at first but eventually got tired of it.
A tablet hits a perfect middle ground for me. It's large enough for me to read any ebooks, etc that I have and gives me a screen large enough to provide a laptop-like internet experience.
A year and a half for my mic to work, USB drives that transfer at absolutely crawling speeds (solving in Koala for the first time ever tho!), disk to disk transfer at an absolute crawl (seems much better in Koala), flickering screens, disappearing mouse cursors (happens every time on bootup in Koala - a simple CR in any terminal window brings it back), and a host of little this and that's.
The worst issue though by a mile has been sound. There is always a problem with sound. Without exception. I almost had my sound working perfectly in Jaunty but now something is glitched in Pulseaudio or Firefox or Alsa or something cuz padsp now won't wrap around Firefox.
Ya know, I bought an original sound blaster for a 286 in '89-90 and it blows my mind that something like sound can be such a problem 20 years later. Everyone really needs to get on the same page.
Anyway, despite the problems I continue to use Ubuntu. It still seems the best for my needs out of all the distros that I've tried. And I'd certainly still be wasting far more time in Windows dealing with the anti-virus and mal-ware nightmares that are found there.
I'll keep using Ubuntu. And although I'll probably keep asking myself why I upgrade I'll still do it.