here is my reason for giving up on Linux (my apologies for the cross post, but if I knew about this thread, I would have posted here first).
A month ago I bought a new computer. I thought that this would at last be the time when I could wave Windows goodbye, as I have looked at Linux for a number of years already (at least since Mint 8 ). I downloaded a number of distro's, but came back to Mint Cinnamon as my distro of choice.
Loading the live USB was a breeze. The distro picked up my mobile Internet (3g) in a flash. I installed, and everything was wonderful for a few days.
Then it started. After booting, Mint intermittently saw my Huawei E367 mobile modem. I estimate for every ten bootups the modem would be detected twice. So this was really strange. Then it sees the modem, and then it doesn't. Now it stopped seeing the modem completely.
Okay, time to hit the forum for a solution (and back to my old Windows XP box because it detects the modem EVERY TIME). There I read to apt get for a certain package (usb-modeswitch). Are you serious? I cannot connect to the Internet in the first place from within Mint. That is exactly my problem! How can I fetch a package on the Internet to fix a non-working Internet connection? So, long story short, modem is not working.
Next I connected the printers. HP - no problem. Canon - no printing. Hitting the forum again, I read that Canon is “poorly supported”. So, if you have certain Canon printers, then it is tough luck. So, printer not working...
Next it was time for the scanner. Canon - oops. “poorly supported”. The most frustrating thing is that my Mint's Simplescan's preferences page actually identifies the scanner correctly, but does not scan a page!
So, after four weeks of intensely working with Linux, I am at wits end. At first everything worked lovely, but then it turned sour. (I have limited my problems with Mint to the basics to keep the post short, and will not discuss issues like logging in multiple users without passwords and installation of packages like Latex, etc.)
I do not know what to do next. I HATE Windows 7, REFUSE to install Windows 8 (I have read numerous reviews), and my beautiful Linux Mint 16 desktop works like a charm, except I cannot print, scan or use the Internet (amongst other issues)! The three most basic functions a computer is used for, Linux Mint has hassles with!
I know I am not the only one. This Linux Mint forum is full of stories like mine. What saddens me the most is that I believe that Linux could be the most popular OS in the world if the basics could be sorted out. I do NOT need shiny new eye candy distro releases every six months. I do NOT need a plethora of distro's and desktops to choose from. All I need is a rock solid OS where I can be productive without reading forums to sort out basic issues like printing, scanning, and connecting to the Internet. So, sadly I sit here typing away in front of my Windows XP box knowing that support will end within a few weeks. I REALLY want Linux to work for me, but this masochistic experience has gone on for long enough. To vent my EXTREME frustration I have decided to write this post. The Linux slogan of “putting the fun back into computing” was just the opposite for me. This is NOT fun, and this and other Linux forums can confirm this to be the case for most newbies.
Ranting complete - thanks for reading.
My experience is similar to yours. I desperately WANT to like Linux. I've tried off-and-on for almost 20 years to use it as my computer OS. But I need an OS that doesn't take a lot of care and feeding. I don't want to be a slave to my OS. Windows works. I know that's blasphemy here. But with Windows, I just install it and forget it. If I want a program I download it, fire it up - and I don't have to even THINK about my OS. Stuff just works. I don't want to be a slave to my OS. I don't enjoy having to fix programs that break. With Windows, it just hums away in the background and I can forget it. Man, in Linux, I never have that freedom. Stuff breaks, I'm living in a Google or Forum world trying to read how to fix the latest thing that doesn't work. I hate that. Right now I'm in this forum trying to figure out how to get a program running in Mint. I had it running (kind of) but it needs some gyrations to get it right. I've used this program in Windows and it works flawlessly once you download it and install it. In Linux it's like a kick in the groin to get it working (and the basic spell checker still doesn't work once you DO get it running). Oh, the humanity of it all.
Some times I step back and look over the incredible array of woes on the Linux forums like this one and laugh in a sick way. People trying to get basic stuff to work and in many cases it's about as pleasant as going to the dentist for a root canal. I'm not trying to be a jerk here, but I do laugh out loud sometimes when I just step back and have a "reality check" moment. We're desperately trying to get basic programs to work on Linux so we can embrace the OS, but I fear we're pretty much in denial. Linux doesn't work as well as Windows. Period.
I end up going back to Windows every time, hoping I can come back some day when Linux works as simply as Windows, and my computer can simply be a tool to get jobs done, and not a machine that needs so much care and feeding and attention. Anyway, I'm seeing that Mint is much better than some of the other Linux experiences I've had with Linux over the past 20 years or so. So THAT is encouraging. I'm not giving up on Linux. So here I am (again) trying to get a Linux distro to work for my needs. Maybe I'm just a sucker for not giving up though
Brother, I feel your pain