Ubuntu 10.04: On Intel Driver and Server Frame Buffer
I have to say my experience with the new Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx is not smooth sailing. My number one issue is that desktop effects won’t run. Annoying, since 9.10 runs it just fine. Apparently the Intel video driver is blacklisted due to “instabilities”. Running without desktop effects is simply unacceptable.
Fortunately there is a “solution” (read: workaround). I need to install the latest version of xserver-xorg-video-intel. Grab the package from this PPA: ppa:glasen/intel-driver. Be aware that this driver is not a stable version. I had some minor issues with it. Occasionally the screen would flickr. Less often the X-Server would crash, kicking me back to the GDM login. Use it with your own risk.
Oh by the way the expose scale plugin is now enabled by default. To activate them use these shortcuts:
- Super+W to scale all windows on the current desktop
- Super+A to scale all windows on all virtual desktops
Sweet! But I wish they could behave like Gnome Shell. That one is awesome, unfortunately I’m not yet ready to plunge into it right now.
I’m very disappointed to see that the server edition console is unbearably slow under VirtualBox. Again, this is not the case with 9.10 server. To work around this issue, you need to disable the frame buffer module:
edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf and add the following line:
Reboot and the console should be fine.