Raring to go? Nope, Raring to stay.

A lot of people have been reporting their success with Saucy Salamander, the latest version (13.10, October 2013 release) of Ubuntu.

I tried to move to Saucy Salamander. This was the first release that Canonical recommend the 64bit version if you have 64bit hardware. Up to this point they’d always recommended the 32bit version unless you had a specific reason to go 64bit. I’ve got 64bit hardware so I was excited to think that at last I’d have a 64bit OS running on it.

Sadly, in my case, the 64bit version was a disaster. It crashed repeatedly, and with the least provocation. Never having had much success with upgrades I’d gone straight to the full install option too, which should have given Saucy the best possible chance of stability.

Undeterred, I thought I’d try again with the 32bit version. Perhaps the 64bit wasn’t as robust on all hardware as Canonical believed. Again I went for the full installation but, alas, it was just like the 64bit version: flaky in the extreme.

I have to have a stable machine. I don’t mind some minor gripes here and there, and if it helps Canonical for me to be an early adopter and to submit error reports then fine, I’ll do that, and I have done so in the past. But only if for the most part I can have clean running. I’ve got a desktop and two laptops all on Ubuntu, they have to be stable and dependable.

I had no option but to roll back to Raring Ringtail, 12.10.

Saucy looks great and was fast, and sooner or later it will be ready for me to move to, but right now I’m back on Raring.

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