I'm trying Ubuntu 5.10, after a brief play with 5.04 some months ago.
Here's my top-ten list of annoyances:
#1) BASIC packages not installed. Like... gcc, configure, automake and autoconf. DOZENS of software apps depend on these components to be available in order to be built.
#2) NO PINE, NO PICO. WTF?. I realize there's mutt, but still, a distro that doesn't include PINE and PICO is not a distro I'm interested in using. Sheesh, even ancient Suse 8.2 (the first Linux distro I used) included PINE/PICO. SAME WITH 'joe' (text editor).
#3) What's with the BROWN color scheme? It sucks!.
#4) That "drums" sound scheme... again... nice for the first 30 minutes. Then the drums playing with every event makes my brain hurt.
#5) WHAT? No Sun J2RE 5.0 update 6 installed? WTF? what gives?. And no, I don't consider Blackdown 1.4.2 ancient releases of the GNU catch-up releases to be serious. Maybe when the Apache Foundation releases a compatible JVM...
#6) No Flash plug-in pre-installed in the browser?. WTF?
#7) Terminal is hidden 3 levels deep under Applications -> Accesories -> Terminal. HELLO? This is linux, terminal is used ALL THE FREAKING TIME!. Why not place a shortcut next to the 3 app icons for Firefox-Evolution-Help.
#8) DEFAULT FONTS (at least on my 1280x800 WXGA notebook) are TOO TINY!. I can barely read tiny text on the web browser. WTF set this up?.
#9) Font smoothing DISABLED by default.
#10) No GUI FTP program. How much space would a graphical ftp client take? .Notice firefox doesn't allow to upload files by ftp. UNLIKE THE MOZILLA SUITE, which does. (File->upload file... while logged in via ftp://user:pass@host url).
#11) Did I mention the lack of Sun's J2RE 5.0 ?
#12) Synaptic package manager. Good idea. BAD IMPLEMENTATION. edit a config file by hand to enable a popular third party site? WHY NOT INCLUDE CHECKBOXES?. I think I messed up the config file because now synaptic fails to retrieve anything. And I'm too damn tired to look at the file, specially since there's no pico or joe editor.
13) There's a decent Adobe Reader 7.01 for linux. For some reason it fails to install. Shame on ubuntu. It's not included by default on the distro. Double shame.
14) SeaMonkey 1.0 beta (the successor to the Mozilla Suite now dropped by Mozilla.org) fails to install. Shame, shame.
Well, that's it. Don't take it personally, I need sleep and I'm annoyed by having to fiddle for hours with Ubuntu just to get decent functionality.
Don't get me wrong... there's plenty of things to like about Ubuntu, but I think that these issues need to be addressed.