This is my first post, and my last.
I have been running LM8 Helena for a few months now, and was initially very impressed, the only exception being the tendency for Firefox to crash (I noted the cause of the problem on the forums and removed the offending component). I even recommended it to some friends; some of them have adopted it and seem quite happy.
However, from being a reasonably fast system, LM8 has become increasingly slower with each update, to the point that it makes Vista look fast! In addition to this, the system randomly resets my settings for my printer, etc., which slows things things down even more; and the internet browser crash returned, although I solved this by installing Epiphany (and Lynx, both of) which work(s) far better than Firefox.
Another major problem is increasingly regular Kernel crash, always following a recommended update. I am writing this in 'live cd' mode, because after yet another crash (following an 'Ajax(?)' Java error), I no longer have a connection manager, and it is nowhere to be found on my system; and I have been unable to find a solution on any forums, etc.
Given that my only option now is to completely reinstall and use up my broadband allowance on updates, I have decided to change to another (Linux) operating system, probably an RPM-based one. There seem to be too many problems with Ubuntu-based distros. For a start, 10.04 (and presumably therefore LM9) does not recognise my hardware). It seems that on-the-surface 'GUIs' and 'apps' are more important than underlying system integrity and hardware compatibility, especially with 'old' hardware suddenly becoming 'obsolete' with each 'upgrade' (that is neither very much 'towards humanity' nor is it very 'green'!). Upgrading to a new operating system every six months does not make a system better, let alone stable.
I would appreciate it if the administrator would remove my name from the register.