On To Feisty
I finally upgraded (actually I did a fresh install) both my home and office PCs to Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) yesterday. Since I did a fresh install, I need to re-install most of the extra applications I frequently use. Thankfully I got the complete Ubuntu package repository on 4 DVDs, thanks to Ubuntu-ID. Instead of waiting for endless downloads I just need to swap discs now (we need the repos in an HD DVD or BR Disc next time ;)
Pidgingaim 2.0.0beta6 looks much than the previous one. I really love the drag as avatar feature, perfect!
- OOo and Banshee has an orange splash screen, talk about branding ;)
- OOo got the Human icons by default, at last.
- Easy Codec Install is nice but I don’t think easy DVD playing is there yet (AFAIK gstreamer still can’t play DVD with menus).
- Network manager is used. Automatic DHCP for all, hooray!
- Activating desktop effects is really easy. As someone who set up XGL+Compiz manually during the Breezy days I found it amazingly simple.
Not all things are perfect, here are the negative issues I found:
I had a tough time running the Live CD on my office PC. It always locks up right after detecting the USB keyboard and mouse. After 10 tries I saw that it reports that the floppy disk can’t be accessed, and keeps trying (the message repeats) despite the fact that there are no floppy drives installed! I turns out that I had to disable the BIOS floppy disk setting, after that it was mostly smooth sailing. Whose fault is this? The BIOS for reporting an erroneous info or Ubuntu for halting at floppy disk detection?
Tango icon-set for OOo is not installed by default. When I changed the icon-set to Tango at OOo, the toolbar turn all text and no icon at all. A simple search at synaptic reveals that openoffice.org-style-tango is not installed. I also found out that the Firefox Human/Tango theme (firefox-theme-ubuntu) is not installed by default. Last but not least: Gaim is not yet tangofied. Thankfully I found a great Tango icon-set for gaim at deviantart. I might sound like a broken record here, but I really hope that icon theme could be consistent throughout all the default applications. Its not that hard, especially on OOo and Firefox since the Tango theme is already packaged, just not installed.
Both F-Spot and GThumb? I thought that F-Spot would replace GThumb as the default photo manager app, sounds like functionality duplication to me.
Sound on Audigy is rather odd. Sometimes it runs, sometimes it doesn’t. I still don’t know what might cause this issue since its not my PC. But I think things like this should just work.
I feel like I wrote more about the bad than the good. Believe me: Feisty is a solid release. The best Ubuntu release ever. I would highly recommend it for daily usage.