1) Sometimes, when I log in, the cursor is invisible. The trackpad still works; I just can’t see what I’m pointing at, and have to guess based on rollover hilights. The only thing that fixes this problem is to suspend/sleep/whatever it is and then wake the machine back up again.
2) Sometimes, when I log in, a message pops up telling me something about a “local network service” that is incompatible with something called an “Avahi” service, and that one or the other of these services – it’s not clear which – has been disabled. I have no idea what any of this means; none of the system configuration programs have anything to say about “Avahi”.
3) The computer does not consistently go to sleep when I close it. Sometimes it does; sometimes it just sits there, screen glowing and fan running, until it either runs out of battery or irritates me so much I go do something about it. This may be an Eee PC hardware problem, but I’m blaming it on Linux because it’s the kind of fit-and-finish detail the Linux people don’t seem to notice.
4) The updater system is complicated, confusing, and doesn’t even work. The “Administration” directory has a program called “Update Manager”, and a separate program called “Synaptic Package Manager”, both of which appear to do more or less the same thing. I might have a better idea what the difference was if either program actually worked; instead, whenever I try to install or update anything, I get a series of error messages about “mirror.uoregon.edu”. What is mirror.uoregon.edu, why does my computer’s OS depend on it, and what am I supposed to do to fix this problem? I have no idea. Thus my package information has not been updated in 356 days, as the update manager helpfully pops up and tells me every month or so, despite the fact that I turned the automatic “check for updates” feature off owing to the above mirror.uoregon.edu problem.
5) Sometimes the network menu doesn’t show up when I log in, and it is impossible to tell whether the machine is connected to a wireless network,or to instruct it to log in to some new network. I have no idea why this happens. Restarting the machine usually fixes the problem.
I actually like this little computer quite a lot, and I think the Ubuntu people have done a pretty good job at polishing up the chaotic wilderness that is Linux. I am just frustrated by design misfeatures which leave me feeling like I am not the one in control of my own computer. Since I have no idea what to do about any of this, I’m posting it in hopes that people who work on the various components of this system may somehow, someday, perform some google search which puts them in touch with this post and thereby gain some insight into issues they might consider working on.