Heater wrote:It's just such a weird idea to want to go back to an older distro just because one cannot get WIFI working. Which I'm sure it does with a little new knowledge and tweaking.
This is certainly the conventional view - as expressed in the various postings so far on this thread - but it isn't necessarily valid.
Consider the big UI change made a few versions back - where they removed all the desktop icons. This move was, when you think about it, classic Linux-thinking. It gives the desktop a clean, sterile look - which appeals to us Linux/hacker types. But to a different class of user, well, sterile is not good. They want to see a desktop teaming with life - like they get when they buy a laptop from Walmart - teaming with crapware, yes, but teaming with life nonetheless.
Since I don't believe in the perpetual upgrade cycle often espoused by posters on this forum, I still have a B+ running the old version, teaming with icons. Although personally, I can see both sides, I can definitely see how other people would much prefer the old look.
And so it is with the "Big WiFi Change" - changing from wpa_gui to dhcpcd - I can certainly imagine people preferring the old way. I certainly do.
In general it is frikken annoying the way Linux distros break things all the time. For example I have just wasted an hour of my life googling around to find out why the baudline spectrum analyser no longer works on Debian on my PC, it used to a few years back when I tried it last.
But that is the price we pay for the evolution of our systems.
FOSS/Linux/GNU/etc do certainly have a cavalier attitude towards backwards compatibility, as compared, to, say, Microsoft, where, I'm sure Windows 10 still has CP/M compatibility code buried somewhere.
And some folks need to stop being fanboys and see the forest behind the trees.
(One of the best lines I've seen on this board lately)