Saturday, April 26, 2008

Yet another Ubuntu-related post !!!

My readers would think after all those "hardline" Debian statements I would snob the Ubuntu 8.04 release, and go on, business as usual, right ?

I've been reading catastrophic comments about Hardy on Planète Béranger... I was expecting the worst.

But first, let's find out why I arrived to the point of re-installing my OS.

As posted previously, I now have that fancy motherboard, with an AMD64 cpu. I had Debian Etch amd64 on it, but the Nvidia sound chipset was too new for the 2.6.18 kernel. So I did what any faithful Debianista would do, and upgraded to Lenny. All went relatively well, if it wasn't for those damn 32 bits apps that I had to install because Skype doesn't yet produce a native Skype for amd64 !

I just could fix that dependency hell caused by some libc6 something, after a bunch of googling hours...

In the mean time, I had made up my mind to go for a 32 bits distro. I had 2 cd's in front of me: a DebianTesting netinst and the spanking new Ubuntu 8.04. I knew it would take a while to set up my Debian box (being a netinst, I have to download everything...) So, out of "distro-hopper" curiousity, I went straight for the Ubuntu.

It installed in about 10mn (or less), I could not believe it. Everything seemed to "just work"...

That was yesterday... This morning, I tweaked it to my taste, and I must say I am very impressed !

Don't misunderstand me here, this is not a Fanboy speaking. I saw the "static IP" bug...annoying !

I also saw the Firefox plugins that were not supported by FF3...

 More later...

2 comments:

Fernand Pajot said...

You can download firefox 2.0.0.14 in the universe repositories. It might save you some FF3-related problems ;)

Tropical Swim said...

Thanks for that tip, Fernand...
So far, I haven´t been experimenting strange behaviour in FF3.

I do use Iceweasel 2.0.0.14 in my various Debian Stable boxes... It´s fine, but FF3 seems much faster... Hope it will go on working that way...

The thing is that I expect many updates & bugfixes in the coming month, this is why I am planning to keep FF3 & Hardy.

However, the solution of a dual-boot with a 32bits Debian Lenny makes sense...