Monday, November 9, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10

Well, its been a while, hasn't it? Since I last talked on here, Ubuntu 9.10 has been released. As some of you may know, there were some problems early on with 9.04 that sort of turned me off to Ubuntu. I've been running OS X on my Aspire one, and Puppy Linux 4.1.2 on my Gateway Solo. My desktop has always had Ubuntu on it, but it's become my shop computer, just being used for listening to music and looking at radio schematics.

I hate to say it, but I was almost to the point of putting OS X on my desktop. :O

But, since 9.10 came out, Ubuntu is back in my heart for good. One of my main problems with 9.04 was that the Pidgin developers caused issues with Pidgin, so that after updates, it no longer worked.

9.10 has Empathy, which so far is beating Pidgin, hands down. I had a couple other issues that couldn't be resolved without compiling my own kernel, so they were left alone and lived with.

A couple days ago, I decided to give 9.10 a try on my desktop. 9.04 had gotten so buggy that it was almost unusable. I barely was able to save everything before it went down for good.

I'll just be honest about the initial boot of the LiveCD. I was completely amazed! I've never really been more that ok with any Linux Distro, let alone Ubuntu in stock for, but Canonical has outdone themselves. The look and feel of Ubuntu 9.10 is great! No more orange everything. Brown looks better, but as I always do, I'll be changing that soon on both my desktop and Aspire one.

So far, all I've done on either is install Skype. On the desktop, Compaq AMD Athlon 64, the install went without a hitch, but on the Aspire One, had to manually install libqt4-core package. No big deal though.

Well, that's all for now. Soon as I figure out some neat things to do with Ubuntu, I'll be sure to keep all of you updated.

See you soon!