After being at the marathon last weekend, I spent today upgrading the home computers to Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx. The largest buzz from the upgrade came from the buttons (close, minimize, maximize) moving from the top, right of a window to the top, left of a window. As you can see in my screenshot, I already used gconf-editor to move them on back to their right place. I do like them rounded, except Google Chrome, which kept their default buttons. I guess that’s a little sad, that a major upgrade (10.04 becomes the default Long Term Supported version) and all we can say is it looks like the Ubuntu team (or Mark Shuttleworth) wants to move Ubuntu more and more to Mac.
In years past, I dreaded ‘upgrade day’ for my Dell Inspiron E1705. Every time, I would lose networking capabilities, at least at first. That darn Broadcom card. With some script magic, eventually I would get it, but I would usually spend at least a day working on it. This time, I thought I would try it first, and low and behold–worked perfectly. So I did not doubt my Dell XPS 400 desktop would go as smoothly. NOT! As it upgraded, I noticed some message about Grub, but I clicked through it without reading carefully. It rebooted, and sure enough, it froze at boot with a Grub error. Argh! So, I grabbed a Live CD and eventually reinstalled Grub. No problems. Then on next boot, I made it through Grub, and it forced a disk check, which took FOUR HOURS. Argh part deux. Finally, I made it in, and now no networking. At least wireless communication. About a year ago I put a Linksys Wireless N card in this as we move this desktop around at times. I can ‘see’ the wireless networks, but I just cannot connect to them. So right now, I draped a nice, blue network cable across the floor. Argh, the return! Hopefully, that will be resolved soon.
So overall, Ubuntu 10.04, being a LTS, does not seem too different from Karmic. Some icon changes, I like the blue and green icons for .docs and .xlss. Ubuntu really seems to be forcing social networking on us, with the panel for social networking. You can bring in all your Google Chat, Facebook, and others into this one panel. I guess that’s ok, but I do not really use that much. I do like what they want to do with their online storage, Ubuntu One. Similar to Dropbox, but for Ubuntu. Basic 2GB of storage free, but they continue to work on integrate Gnome features, such as Tomboy Notes, to the syncing. Definitely does help when working across different computers. Their Ubuntu One Store now sells music, with the premise of wanting to sync those tunes across machines as well.
Definitely some good features. We never see anything earth shattering with an LTS release, so I think they probably will introduce some new things with 10.10. Only a few months left…