The last thing I’ll mention today is oddly framed, yet again, against the backdrop of Apple for some reason. This time it’s a mad-dash article left by Rich Jaroslovsky for BusinessWeek on the day after the 10.04 release, that closes by saying Ubuntu “just isn’t there yet,” and implying that Ubuntu needs some sort of figurehead to focus the attention of the masses upon.
I’ve heard some strange reasons not to use Linux (there is a hilarious list of them somewhere on the Ubuntu forums), but lacking a figurehead was not one of them. If we must condense the experience of hero worship and distill its essence into our computer software, then it may be a while before we get “there” with Linux.
At the same time I have to ponder the sense of suggesting Ubuntu “isn’t there yet” because people get confused and make mistakes. Everyone gets confused and makes mistakes, but expecting the rest of the world to bend over backwards to make sure the least-capable of users doesn’t become unhappy with a program … well, I have my doubts.
There are plenty of non-technical people who use Ubuntu on a daily basis, and some of them have been doing it for a long, long time. I suppose there will always be someone who isn’t satisfied with an Ubuntu release. I have a track record of critiquing it rather harshly, and even some of its strongest devotees can be put off by a less-than-stellar experience.
I only have to wonder, if Ubuntu “isn’t there yet,” what’s left to be done to get us “there” … and where in the heck is “there” in the first place?