In honour of Ubuntu LTS – 8.04

Newest version of operating system for human beings is out. Kicking ass and users. Yes users, you heard it right.
I am not very happy with this release. In fact, I regret that I upgraded to this version. Why?

  • Today every upcoming Linux distro is bundling Firefox3 beta 5 as default browser so ubuntu is not alone there. But in my opinion this is a bad decision. Firefox3 beta5 is not stable. Most of the extensions aren’t supported yet. You are being hard on users by bundling a software thats still 2 months from final release. My main gripes with Firefox3 beta 5 is,
    • Its a CPU hog. Even with only one tab open, it consumes considerable CPU cycles. Bad for laptop users. Now before you jump the gun, in my tests, I have a simple page open (no fancy gmail with lots of background processing) and I am not interacting with firefox window
    • It hangs and freezes now and then. I have experienced this kinda behavior often, while downloading a page firefox will freeze momentarily and then suddenly it will come back.
    • Extensions, extensions. Many of my favorite extensions are not available for firefox3.
    • Also, I am using fully updated version of Hardy and have disabled Security->Tell Me, thingies. and have deleted urlclassifier3.sqlite without much success.
  • I guess all Linux users have seen occasional freezes and they have no other go than to hard reboot the machine. With Hardy and Compiz fusion, I just saw too many of freezes on my notebook. Also, did anyone notice metacity compositioning is buggy? I tried using metacity compositioning in place of compiz and had to press alt-ctrl-backspace couple of times. One sure way is, try enabling compositioning and then disabling it. I experienced X freeze when doing that.
  • Many Emacs users i think swap ctrl and caps keys. I am one of them. After upgrading to hardy swapping them through Gnome keyboard settings works, but whenever I press caps ( now its ctrl ), it still turns on caps LED display on my notebook. A bit annoying. This issue was not there in Guts.
  • Shipped Xorg is a CPU hog, even if you are not interacting with your machine, Xorg cpu usage stays around 10-30%. I have Nvidia graphics card and I have tried using <code>”UseEvents” “on”</code>. It doesn’t seem to have any effect.
  • Oh boy, I don’t even know, why they shipped this half hearted PulseAudio integration? For getting sound back on my laptop, I had to manually choose ALSA as Sound Playback device.

Being a LTS edition, I was expecting something solid, but I can confirm with some certainity that Hardy release is certainly inferior than Gutsy. Thank you Ubuntu for scrweing it up.

4 thoughts on “In honour of Ubuntu LTS – 8.04

  1. ridgeland

    I don’t understand people “upgrading” an OS and regretting it.
    All you needed to do was “cp -a” to make a copy of your OS to a new partition and upgrade the copy. If it’s not a keeper just delete it and stay with the original OS. So simple and so risk free. Multi-boot. Edit /etc/fstab in the copy partition before booting the copy or you may be making changes to the original partition!
    I’m still using Ubuntu 7.04, but I’ve tried 7.10 and 8.04. Also tried Mandriva 2008.1, Fedora9 and lots more.

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  2. Hemant Post author

    doing a cp -a, means boot in single user mode ( you can’t copy live partitions reliably) and copy all your mounted partitions/directories except home ( you should have space for that) to some empty partition. Wait for some 7GB of data to be copied and then proceed for installation. If you regret your choice, copy 7GB back. I do not find it practical.

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