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Ubuntu 11.10 a Disappointment

Ever since I began using the Linux distro, Ubuntu (and this was v. 8.04), I’ve never been disappointed with their updates. That is until now.

I updated to v. 11.10, the latest, code-named, “Oneric Ocelot.” And, boy, am I disappointed!

For one thing, the developers removed the option of two interfaces, the classic interface and what they call the “Unity” interface (view the entry, The 2 Interfaces of Ubuntu 11.04. Now it’s just the Unity interface, which lets the user click too many times to get to and fro an application. There are even applications that I have installed but need to search for before using them.

Why the developers have insisted on using this interface when users have complained about it, I’ll never know.

Secondly, and this is a major disappointment, I can no longer use RecordMyDesktop, which is the best screencast app for Linux/Ubuntu. As you have already known, I have been creating videos about using Ubuntu. This was when I had earlier versions of this OS.

With v. 11.10, however, RecordMyDesktop loads, but when I click on the record button, I get this message: “recordmydesktop has exited with status: 3328.” And RecordMyDesktop won’t record. It shuts down.

I’ve gone to the Ubuntu and other Linux forums and posted my problem, but no one seems to have a solution. Another user complained that he tried to contact the developer of RecordMyDesktop, but never received a response.

So now I’m stumped. I can no longer screen cast until some good soul tries to do something about this problem because I’m not the only one who has it.

A third albeit minor disappointment is I could no longer use Kmail, which is an email app. With the latest version of Ubuntu, I also get an error message when I try to load Kmail. I didn’t bother posting this in forums as I just placed all my email inboxes in Thunderbird. But I still had to configure Thunderbird to receive the added inboxes.

So the Ubuntu developers are about to release a new version. I’m in a wait-and-see mode. If the new version will still carry the problems I have with this current version, I’m going to look for a new Linux distro.

Any recommendations?

Oh, by the way, Linux still hasn’t come up with a speech recognition software, open source or proprietary. So I still have an old desktop with Windows XP and installed within are Camtasia and Dragon Naturally Speaking, the former a screen cast app and the latter a speech recognition app.

So I’m using them again. Ironically, the only one preventing me from discarding Windows altogether is Linux.

Free Speech-to-Text Software

Because of this site’s name, many people come here looking for free speech-to-text or speech recognition software. Actually, this site talks about free or open source software, especially in relation to online marketing.

Truth be told, however, I’m also in the lookout for speech recognition open source software. When I was using Windows XP, I used Dragon Naturally Speaking, which was a good software. I’m not a fast typist and I find it easier to use speech recognition software.

Since I switched to Linux/Ubuntu, I’ve been missing Dragon Naturally Speaking. Alas, the only good speech recognition software are the commercial ones. Indeed, there are open source software such as CMU Sphinx, Julius, and two or three others, but you need to be a bit geeky to install them since you need to install them through the command line. And, when you want to activate it, you still have to do it through the command line. No GUIs yet.

For instance, I tried installing Sphinx 4, but I gave up because it requires packages within packages. If one package doesn’t get installed, the application just won’t work.

The best I was able to do was install Gnome Voice Control, which is a simple voice command app. It’s pretty decent, but at times it was faster using my mouse.

So, I have to wait until someone comes up with a simpler way to install and use speech recognition software for Linux. I heard the Ubuntu people are working on one. I guess there isn’t much demand for this kind of software or there’s some difficulty developing one.

This doesn’t deter me though from continuing to use Ubuntu. The benefits of using Linux far outweigh the inconveniences.