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What Do You Dislike or Hate About Ubuntu?

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Published on 22 July 2011 09:52 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
139 Comments

When applying to become an Ubuntu developer, part of the application process asks "what [do you] like least in Ubuntu." This has provided Canonical with a lot of feedback about Ubuntu from potential developers. Only now though is a concise list of these negative items being made available publicly.

Daniel Holbach has written to the development mailing list with these "what I like least in Ubuntu" items.

Among the items voiced by these potential Ubuntu developers is that the development process has top-down decisions and too much bureaucracy, the review process is slow, the short Ubuntu release cycle brings many bugs/regressions, there's poorly tested software included in Ubuntu, and even PulseAudio problems. Below is the published list in full.

What do you dislike (or even hate) about Ubuntu Linux? Share with us your thoughts in the forums.

= Development Processes =
 (4) review process:
     - too slow (2)
     - reviewers should go the extra mile (be more humane)
     - there should be more peer review
 (2) developer application docs:
     - too complicated,
     - unclear expectations
 (1) SRU process
 (1) missing mentoring programme
 (1) top-down decisions
 (1) bureaucracy

= QA =
 (3) release cycle:
     - short release cycle brings in many regressions/bugs often, (2)
     - changes in LTS cycle too agressive
 (2) bug triage:
     - too hasty
     - so many bugs, can't give bugs the attention they deserve
 (1) poorly tested software is in the archive

= Development Workflow =
 (3) peers not trying to get stuff into Debian
 (1) shortcomings of UDD

= Software =
 (1) Qt translations not in LP(?)
 (1) U-boot binaries for each supported OMAP3 board
 (1) shortcomings of Java in Debian/Ubuntu
 (1) can't use Magic Mouse fully
 (1) the lack or backwardness of C# bindings
 (1) PulseAudio problems (in the process of being fixed)
 (1) package maintenance of claws

= Other =
 (1) Virtually no community involvement or development into Ubuntu backend infrastructure(?)

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