Just updated to 10.04 my local machine big improvement in look and feeling sounds faster too. chose updatting from network (meaning via web) it will go very smoothly updating packages while preserving your initial applications content, bookmarks, email etc... It looks more and more ready for "not so tech :)"
Watch out, as the window controls (in a GNOME ubuntu anyway) are now on the left. PITA on a laptop (since habit made you first point to the right and now have to point left) but there is a script to swap it back.
window controls (in a GNOME ubuntu anyway) are now on the left.
Wasn't a very bright idea but it took me a day to get used to. As said, you can change it, the default theme uses that format.
A note to first time installers; if you have Windows for instance, and now want to half your hard drive space with Ubuntu, the Ubuntu installation offers you the chance to re-size your partition and add another one for Ubuntu. Ensure you leave enough space for your data on the Windows partition of course.
I like it but I did have a few issues getting everything working. It's not quite a beginner friendly to install as previous versions of Ubuntu.
I always say the perfect system to have when it comes to Ubuntu is a base Ubuntu install then from the package manager install KDE. You then have a choice from login screen between xtern, kde and Gnome.
One annoyance I have found is when using the Ubuntu software center, when you choose to install an application the software center windows closes. What if you wanted to install more than one thing? It involved launching the software center again.
Problems may be caused by different motherboard versions, network cards, video adapters etc. Hardware drivers for Linux are often developed by volunteers, rather than by the hardware manufacturer as is the case with most Windows drivers. Some of these Linux drivers are really well developed, fast and stable, while others are still in some beta state.
Linux hardware drivers which are developed by the hardware manufacturers themselves are often limited to semi-professional distributions like RedHat and Suse.
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I must be honest that I am not a real Ubuntu user, prefer the RedHat family :) Can you therefore explain a little bit more about the changes in the program installation procedures with this new Ubuntu version? Installing software packages on Linux systems is always one of the mystery procedures in my experience.
@lammert, Ubuntu does include hardware manufacturers closed source drivers. That is why there is an Ubuntu based distro (Gnewsense) that only has open source drivers.
Also, what is the problem with installing software on Linux. I always felt that the ease with which software can be installed was a huge advantage of Linux: typically, open the GUI installer, find what you want, tick it, click apply.
graeme_p is correct, it's no longer a mystery. in the old time when RedHat9 was available as a "regular user" distribution (which I too, already said did like a lot) installing a package was requiring more know how to.
It depends on the package. I've been trying to install an updated version of Network Tools, since the one on Hardy has problems with the new IP ranges and often hangs on what it can cope with. I know there is an upgrade out there - I've seen it - but I can't find how to install it. Synaptic wont update it and I can't see how to download and install it.
I've had this problem on a few updates and changes on Hardy. Major and popular packages are easy enough to install but there are a lot that aren't, even if you know how to install via Terminal.
On the other hand, those packages that do install via Add/Remove or Synaptic are very easy to install.
The Network Tools developers seem unusually bad at documenting it. The main website does has not been updated for years, there is a Launchpad page with no downloads, and there is very little information anywhere.
This may also be why no-one has packaged it for backports.