I always liked Ubuntu, Back in the Ubuntu 10.04 days, before all this Unity stuff started to become more of an annoyance than a working, new Desktop environment, It served a purpose. It was speedy, and did its thing without too much hassle - and more importantly, without me having to spend more time trying to work out how to accomplish a task than the actual task took in the first place.

To me, Ubuntu always seemed a friendly operating system, but since I started using Linux Mint in earnest (a few years ago) I rarely touched Ubuntu. I don't think I even Installed the two version 12s, or at least I can't recall installing them. So, I thought, maybe it's time to once more download and install Ubuntu, to see how things have changed and fared since those heady days of version 10.04. Ubuntu 13.10 was the weapon of choice, and down it came- all 895MB of it, begging the question: when did it get so large?

The installation hasn't changed too much, and since Mint is built on the carcass of Ubuntu it certainly didn't yield any surprises. However, the thing that got me, while I was toying around with the Live Environment, was that I couldn't help but notice how terribly slow It was. I'm sure it used to be more speedy than this, even on older hardware.

I know that there's a lot more going on in the background of a modern Ubuntu build these days, but surely it shouldn't be that slow, especially on a relatively modern PC? Once everything was installed, updated, upgraded and rebooted, the speed picked up significantly when compared to the Live Environment, but it still wasn't the same experience of using a fast and fluid operating system that it once held for me.

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What the Jeck?
I pretty much knew what I was expecting when I booted up Ubuntu 13.10, after reading all the articles that appear in my inbox relating to Linux, and there is definitely something missing from Ubuntu these days. Something that I can't quite put my finger on.

Perhaps it's the personality of Ubuntu that's been lost in the newer versions? Whereas before. Ubuntu never really tried to become the third greatest or most used operating system in the world, it Just provided a different outlook and interface for Linux users; now it seems to trying too hard to compete with Windows and Mac.

Then again, maybe it's the constant feeling of being advertised to by Amazon et al via all these other weird and wonderful Lenses? Yes, they can be turned off, but is there any need for them in the first place?
I'm not going to go into great depths here on the intricacies of running Ubuntu 13.10, there's not enough room for that. Suffice to say, Ubuntu has lost that feeling of belonging to Linux, of being a part of the Linux community as a whole, which I used to enjoy. It always had a feeling that it was different; it never tried to be more than Just a useful front end.