I upgraded my Linux to Ubuntu 8.04 this afternoon. The whole process took 2 hours, and that was updating from the CD (which isn’t as easy as it seems)
And at the end of it I’m not too sure about the final result.A few of the things that worked splendidly without fail in 7.10 are suffering a small lapse in concentration it would seem.
Firstly, updating using the CD is not native. You have to add the new CD as a source, and then disable all the other sources of 7.10. That will ensure that when you upgrade, it won’t go to the net to get the files, but will use the CD. Then go to System -> Administration -> Update Manager, which will tell you that 8.04 is waiting to be upgraded to. Click on that and go make lunch, do the shopping you need to do for a week, go visit an old friend or you could also take part in a marathon. If you’re lucky when you get back all will be resolved and updated!
Secondly, once rebooted I found that Wireless wasn’t working. And this is a big problem. Because to do anything on computers, including continuing to update the system, you need internet. Luckily I was able to plug in wires and connect the “old school” way and find a solution to this problem here. Basically it seems to be the latest kernel that is the problem, and selecting the previous kernel (for me it was 2.6.22-14) seems to fix this problem.
Thirdly, Compiz window manager is broken. I had this previously installed in 7.10, but now it seems to not be working. After initiating that I want this as my window manager, and selecting the appropriate theme in Emerald, it crashes and reverts back to a Metacity theme. I am currently looking for solutions to this.
EDIT: Have found a viable solution. First, you need “Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager” (even if you don’t want it) This will enable the “Custom” Option Under the Visual Effects tab in System -> Preferences -> Appearance. See here
Having done this, you need to set all the settings as you want it and then go to Advanced Desktop Settings Effects (CCSM) and scroll to Window Decoration, and change the Command section to be “emerald –replace”. See Post 9-13 of this forum
Fourthly, it would seem that being part of the cutting edge that Ubuntu wants to be, it’s gone with the latest of software choices. The main culpret of this that I have seen so far is Firefox. Rather than sticking with a stable build, they have chosen to run with 3.0 beta5. Now, whilst I can’t wait for 3.0 to come out… Unless I’m developing, I don’t really have time for Beta version. Mainly because I know so much can go wrong. And also because plugins and extensions (of which Firefox has so many of and which I use frequently) are generally no longer workable or developed for beta versions.
With that said, I have been looking forward to 8.04 for a while and now that I have it, am going to make sure I give it a darn good shot at becoming great.
‘Till next time…