There are three main reasons for my less than excited welcoming of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (also called Precise Pangolin):
- Unity: The Unity interface that has been dominating Ubuntu releases for the past two years is a pain in the @ss. Hard as I try, and I do give it a chance every six months, I simply do not see how this interface is helping me as a user; it actually achieves the exact opposite, coming between me and the stuff I want to do with my computer on a regular and frequent basis.
- Performance: While Ubuntu is still slick and smooth compared to Windows, it is not the slick performer it used to be. Particularly not when running on netbooks, an area where Linux used to have a clear performance advantage.
- The Mac factor: My personal perception of the world of computing has changed significantly since I got myself a Mac. The Mac seems to be offering the best of both worlds: stuff that's available for Windows is generally available for Mac as well (with the notable exception of games, but that does not bother me personally); while stuff that's available as open source software for Linux is generally available for the Mac, too. In addition, Mac OS X offers Ubuntu's biggest advantage over Windows: the ability to forget that you're dealing with a computer and just do whatever it is you want to do with the computer.
The Mac is not perfect in this department. Security is an issue and then there is the very bothering fact it is owned by a company with a track record of self interest and disregard for its users: a company that, for example, will not admit to vulnerabilities such as Flashback till hundreds of thousands of Macs have been compromised, and even then fail to respond adequately. Being of true open source nature, the way Ubuntu is, comes with definitive advantages. Problem is, most of the time one doesn't see these advantages; one tends to be blinded the easy life that comes with owning a Mac instead.