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I Switched to PCLinuxOS

I finally made the switch from Ubuntu 11.10 to PCLinuxOS. It took me some time because I wanted to make sure that a new Linux distro would be right for me.

So I read as much as I could reviews about the various Linux distros available. I was surprised to learn that there are a lot.

There are 2 major reasons why I gave up on Ubuntu and didn´t wait anymore for its upgrade set to be released on April. One, I did not like their Unity desktop, which was forced upon its users with the 11.10 version. Before this users had a choice between the classic desktop and Unity.

Many users disapproved of Unity, but the Ubuntu developers went on and forced it down our throats. It doesn´t bode well for developers when they don´t listen to their users. The least they could do was continue to give users a choice.

The second reason I gave up on Ubuntu is because I could no longer use RecordMyDesktop with the upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10. RecordMyDesktop is a screencast software that I use extensively for my tutorials. And nobody seems to know a solution. My post about this problem in the Ubuntu forum continues to be in Limbo. I know I´m not the only one with this problem.

So PCLinuxOs it is. My only disappointment is that Libre Office didn´t come in the package. It had to be downloaded and installed with what they call an lomanager. But that was a minor issue with me. Otherwise, PCLinuxOs looks good and is functioning nicely.

I made a video (yes, created with RecordMyDesktop) showing the PCLinuxOS desktop. It´s right below. As always, I appreciate your feedback.

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.