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Master Geek

# 32823 24-Apr-2009 11:32

Great news, guys

The laterst incarnation of Ubuntu (& Kubunut) is now in the wild.

Mirrors available here:
CityLink :
iHug :
Main repository:

REALLY cool stuff, like the inclusion Eucalyptus "cloud" management framework (ties in with the Amazon EC2 service), EXT4, and there's now a standard "NetBook Remix" distro available too.

Have fun!


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Master Geek

  # 209064 24-Apr-2009 17:42
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I upgraded today. Normally I do fresh installs, but this time I thought I might give the upgrade a try again. The nice thing is that you can continue working while all of this downloading and installing is going on. Then, just one reboot, and you are up with a new OS. Very sleek.

Skype and Sound Recorder didn't like Pulseaudio, so I had to switch the defaults in System->Preferences->Sound to ALSA (which is very easy to do) and all was well.

Wireless worked out of the box, as expected, so does the web-cam (with Skype and Cheese). Haven't checked suspend and resume, but from what I heard it's supposed to work well.

... hold on...

Ah, just tested suspend. Works like a charm. Now for hibernate... yes, also works.

A few small things have changed in a funny way. The 'snap' behaviour of windows under Compiz seems to have been reversed. Before the snap was default, and could be avoided when pressing SHIFT while moving the window. Now it's exactly the other way around.

And the 'desktop-wall' (I don't normally use the rotating cube) used to move the background as well as the windows. Now it just moves the windows.

Overall, though, everything seems to be working just fine. Nice!

P.S. Freakalad, I tried to add you as a friend, but can't find you in the user-list. No idea why...

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Master Geek

  # 209068 24-Apr-2009 17:50

Great to hear!

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

I've managed to get around a lot of the 3rd-party propietary software by making use of Ubuntu Tweak & Envy for video.
Pulse was buggy before, and I was hoping they'd have sorted it out by now. Obviously not. I'm content using ALSA.

Hope you can make your local release-party!

The NetBook Remix distro is a very nice addition



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  # 209069 24-Apr-2009 18:11
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  # 209073 24-Apr-2009 19:08
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This is the first time I'll be downloading Ubuntu - usually I don't and wait for my Shipit disc to come :)

I rediscovered Ubuntu again this week when I wiped my laptop clean and wanted to put it to use before it dies - haven't used Linux for main use on a computer in years

So now I have two laptops running with Ubuntu 8.10 (waiting for my 9.04 ISO download) and another with Windows.

I remember using Linux for the first time - that was a MandrakeLinux distro. Oh times have changed the user-friendliness of Linux distros!

I was about to download the RC version because that was basically complete, but then saw that the final was due "soon" so I held it off...

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  # 209111 24-Apr-2009 22:45
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Upgrade went smoothly, also had to change skype to alsa.

New pidgin is great tbh.



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Master Geek

  # 209128 25-Apr-2009 06:15
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Turned out I just couldn't get Skype to work with Pulse. Just changing settings within Skype, or changing the system default sound settings didn't help. I actually had to remove Pulse altogether and install esound, as per these instructions here. After that, all worked flawlessly.

However, to my big dismay, xfmedia is not running anymore on Jaunty for me. It didn't run before I removed Pulse, and it still doesn't afterwards. It always ends in a segfault. Cry

Can anyone else run it? As I had written before, it was my favorite audio player.

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  # 209163 25-Apr-2009 10:29
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manhinli: I remember using Linux for the first time - that was a MandrakeLinux distro. Oh times have changed the user-friendliness of Linux distros!

IIRC the first install I did was a Slackware distro with the 1.2 or 1.3 kernel. Me and my mate having competitions who could get their 486 class system compiling the non-modular kernels the fastest so we could run Xfree86 to use Netscape :)

Things have come a LONG way since.


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  # 209347 25-Apr-2009 22:58
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I did a clean install of 9.04 over 8.10 and the difference in boot speed and moving/copying files is great! I think it was the easiest and fastest install I've done yet

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Master Geek

  # 209680 27-Apr-2009 10:50

Thanks for everybody that came out & attended the Auck RP.
Hope everybody enjoyed themselves.

Though the demo-install of the new system did not go quite as smoothly as planned, it was absolutely fantastic to see new faces & to see how people from various backgrounds & experiences interacted & contributed.

Live & learn, I suppose. Hope to do better next time around


Couple of points:
* the NetBook version is NOT fully functional on the Asus 701 (as documented). Install standard-32, and "tasksel" accordingly.
* pulse is STILL buggy. on my earlier versions I've simply purged it completely & made use of ALSA. works fine now
* install Skype & some other 3rd-party apps via Ubuntu Tweak. found it to be easiest that way
* I'd hazard a guess & say EnvyNG is no longer a must. ATI & NVidia driver are apparently much-improved
* itching to get going on the "cloud"-features. anyone else got this licked yet?
* disables by default >:(
* not HUGE improvements at face value. much of the work has been done under the hood
* novice users: wait a few days before doing an install. give some time for the 1st round of patches to come out
* mtr is AWESOME (thanks, jermsie)


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  # 211293 1-May-2009 17:14
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mtr= Matt's TraceRoute? I've used that app for years, wonderful tool.

I installed 9.04 on an HP nx6320 yesterday, very impressed. Media playback, samba sharing, wireless, bluetooth, all worked straight away (some plugins autoloaded post install) with no hacking required.

Bearing in mind that it comes with an Office package, web-browser and email as standard and seems to work pretty reliably, and I think they're finally getting to the usability stage of Windows for most people. It's certainly very fast and resource-friendly.

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  # 211317 1-May-2009 17:50
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... all on a CD. It's pretty darn good for all of those applications.

Finished installing Jaunty on my laptop - NVIDIA drivers were easily grabbed off the web and for the first time it looks like Compiz finally doesn't screw up the window frame/titlebar (previously they would have some artifacts and look unselected even though it was the active window)

Everything was ready from the get-go... nice!

2 thumbs up from me :)

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Master Geek

  # 212029 4-May-2009 09:39

Did a TOTAL reinstall on my MacBook Pro (3.1 Santa Rosa) on Sunday & it wend VERY well.
Had less hassles on that system than on my server (which I manages to operate smoothly over the weekend too)

Jaunty's growing on me...


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  # 212160 4-May-2009 17:32
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Being update along since beta in my lapto, don't have any major probelm (although I havn't install skype) what so every. By far the most hassle free Ubuntu I've ever used since 5.04!

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