I started with Ubuntu on the day of their first release, having come from Debian. I've been loyal since then. I felt Ubuntu was trying to make some changes that needed to be made in both the Linux distro world and in Debian specifically.
I spent countless hours on teh forums working with people to help them get settled into Ubuntu. I wrote howtos for the wiki and for this blog. I never tried to monetize the blog because that's not what I created it for. (The hardy links below aren't adwords: they're just Google news.) Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I'm no fanboy. I call things the way that I see them. Maybe I'm not always right, but I put my best effort into checking every fact I write down.
But most of all, I dutifully used every Alpha, Beta, and RC since 4.10, reporting as many bugs as I could. Since I don't trust myself to write any code (my last line being in 1988), I felt that reporting bugs was the best thing I could do for "the cause."
Ninety percent of the bugs get ignored. That's fine. I don't expect software to be bug free. Simple one line fixes should really be no problem, though.
During the 7.10 Beta cycle, I reported a bug involving unmounting of removable drives. If a user yanked a drive, he/she was told not to do that and to choose "eject" from the context menu of the drive icon. The only problem was ... the context menu didn't have "eject" anywhere in it. Instead, it had "unmount." Sure, Linux users know how to unmount a drive, but giving incorrect directions is just amateurish.
Sebastien Bacher (yes, I'm calling him out!) did nothing but argue and stall over which word would be appropriate. Instead of fixing the bug so that users could follow the directions, then trying to get the terminology right, we spent months arguing over words. Eventually Sebastien disposed of the bug by reassigning the package and declaring the bug invalid.
What a fucking joke. I won't support a project that can't even be bothered to get its help system in line with reality.
I think I made my decision while typing this blog entry. I guess I'll be back to Debian tomorrow. So long and thanks for all the fish.