This article came up on Digg today. It sounds like pathetic whining from a Mac fanboy–most, if not all, of it is patently absurd.
Feature 1: Weather on the desktop. First of all, there’s a taskbar icon for this. Second of all, I’m sure there’s a screenlet too. How much do you want?
Feature 2: Wallpapers that change over time. They already exist–natively in KDE, and there are several utilites for GNOME. And this is really the DE’s problem–not Ubuntu’s specifically.
Feature 3: Icon functionality. A lot of icons are already functional–I, for one, am a huge fan of how the icon for documents is the document itself. And really, who cares about how much space on a previously burned CD is being taken up?
Feature 4: Visual folder hierarchy. I feel like similar functionality can be achieved with the little file trees, but I begrudgingly admit that off the top of my head, I can’t think of how to do that in Ubuntu. There’s probably a utility that does it, if you know of one, say so in the comments. But again, who really needs this? I’m not sure I’d be willing to give it space on my HDD, to be perfectly honest…
Feature 5: Icons with messages. We do have a wide array of “emblems”, and you can also add specific notes under properties. Again, I feel like this is close enough to be a non-issue.
Feature 6: “A task bar more clean and orderly Icon”. I’m not one for making fun of people’s foreign language ability, but…I’m assuming this means “Clean and more orderly taskbar icons.” Um, unlike certain Redmond-based OS’s I can think of, we Ubuntu users have complete control over how our taskbars look. If you don’t like the arrangement of the icons, delete some, add some or move some.
Feature 7: Pre-installed media center. If Ubuntu came pre-installed with a media center, I’d have a fit, and then I’d remove it. But if you’re into that sort of thing, there’s Mythbuntu. Problem solved.
Feature 8:Animated post-installation introduction. This is in development.
Feature 9: Any other feature you can think of yourself. I feel like this is just a cheap writing trick since nine sounds a lot bigger than eight. Ten would’ve been nice, though…(I won’t be so bold to say that there aren’t ten features Ubuntu lacks, but…:) )
So I’m unimpressed. Ubuntu already has the majority of those features (or a close-enough analogue), that guy failed miserably in doing his homework before posting that, and even the things that Ubuntu doesn’t have are Linux/GNOME/KDE/Nautilus/Dolphin deficiciencies, not Ubuntu problems. I’m sorry that there are people like this on the Internet (but then again, what else is new?) but I’m very sorry something like that has 460 Diggs, and counting, and made the Linux/Unix front page. Chalk one up for FUD.
Edit:OK, now I’m angry. That post was some lame-o who took this “liberal translation” in Spanish, ran it through Google Translate, and posted it on his blog. The Spanish translation (which was actually done by hand (I know Spanish, in case you were wondering)) came from this, the original post (in English, no less). That claimed it had ten features (which resolves the questions I had about number nine), but the counting went 1, 2, 3, 5, 6-10. So it was really nine (talk about cheap writing tricks–miscounting!?!?!). The Spanish translation is completely understandable, but I can’t get over how LinuxPoison ran that through Google Translate and posted it–not even taking the time to fix obvious Engrish cases. And they’re making money off it! Unbelievable.