[SATLUG] Upgrade ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04?

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 5 22:49:16 CDT 2010

I've just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04 on a brand new 
(yesterday) HP Pavillion dv7-3165us notebook purchased for $769.00 at 
Best Buy, FM1604 and Culebra. I'm typing on it now.

The machine has a 17" diagonal screen, a real number pad, a 2.5GHz 
Dual-Core AMD processor, 4GB RAM and touch-pad entertainment controls. I 
wiped Windows7 from it completely, in favor of Ubuntu.  The touch-pad 
controls even work with the Totem MoviePlayer, tho not with VLC.

For the most part, I absolutely love the combination!  The two drawbacks 
I see so far, is that the 32bit edition will no longer allow Winderz 
packages (exe, cmd) to be installed, even under WINE.  There's a block 
in there that's likely to prevent Ubuntu from becoming mainstream by 
blocking the loading of legacy Winderz programs.  At the last moment 
(and in need!) I managed to replace my Ventrilo client with Mangler, a 
Linux client made to access the Ventrilo network.

My second issue is that I like telltales, don't want Google Gadgets, but 
cannot seem to make gDesklets work -- the first time I've had that 
problem since Ubuntu 6.04.

Any suggestions? On either issue?


On 06/03/2010 05:15 PM, Andrew Pickens wrote:
> Justin wrote:
>> I haven't had any major issues with it, and it sounds like you've 
>> been using
>> Ubuntu and Linux things much, much longer than me.  So I'd imagine if 
>> it did
>> give you any problems you'd be able to fix it pretty easily.  The only
>> problem I have it that sometimes when I boot up, that shiny new ambiance
>> theme doesn't load and instead it boots with a butchered clearlooks 
>> theme.
>> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM, mark <mayfield_mark at att.net> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 21:26 -0500, Andrew Pickens wrote:
>>>> This may have been discussed when I wasn't paying attention, but I see
>>>> that the SATLUG archives are under construction.
>>>> I am a garden verity desktop user who has been using Ubuntu 8.04 for a
>>>> long time with only one problem: Videos do not play smoothly.  I 
>>>> have a
>>>> Nvidia EN8400GS graphics card and found that the latest Nvidia driver
>>>> doesn't work with 8.04.  I did get the latest driver that does work
>>>> (173.14.12), and got some improvement.  It looks like I should 
>>>> update to
>>>> 10.04 LTS, but while searching the forms re the driver problem I read
>>>> some grumbling about 10.04 being buggy.
>>>> What is the groups experience with 10.04 LTS?  Is it ready for inept
>>>> people like me?
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Andy Pickens
>>>         I haven't had any more problems with it than any of the other
>>> versions.
>>> I have had to do some tweaking here and there with every Linux distro I
>>> have run, even Ubuntu. Although some die hards don't like Ubuntu,
>>> underneath the GUI it is still Linux. Linux isn't Windows and you do
>>> need to actually learn some things to use it efficiently. But there are
>>> many rewards for doing so. No fee for the OS or the programs, the
>>> ability to audit and modify source code, the ability to do whatever you
>>> like with it as long as you know or are willing to learn how and of
>>> course being able to use it without the "security tax".
>>>        I didn't like Ubuntu One, which has all but taken over in 
>>> 10.04. The
>>> only bug I've come across is that the shut down option often disappears
>>> in the System menu and I have to do a "sudo poweroff". I think that is
>>> because of some configuration issues created by my in place upgrade. I
>>> have had the same install since 8.04, each upgrade creates a couple of
>>> issues that I work through after a while. Especially pulse audio, it
>>> will be great if they can ever get the bugs out.
>>> -- 
> Thanks to all for the comments.  I guess I'll give it a shot.
> Andy
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