Wind upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10!
Last night I’ve successfully upgraded my MSI Wind U100 netbook from Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron to 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. It has been a long time since I tried upgrading an Ubuntu install over the network. The download from the indika was very fast, stable at around 80 kbps.
Sadly, around 10 packages were missing from the repos so the upgrade wasn’t smooth. I changed my repository to connect to a Taiwan server and restart the upgrade. Thankfully I only need to dwonload the remaining 10 packages on a modest 20 kbps transfer rate.
Here’s my first impression:
- Dual screen works perfectly now. It was a shaky on Hardy, but feels much more solid now. Kudos to the developers!
- Tabbed file browsing. I don’t know if I’ll use this feature often, but its a good to have feature.
- Better integration with PolicyKit here and there.
- Network Manager 0.7 looks much better with the new Network Connections dialog, VPN and 3G modem support.
- The Bluetooth GUI is also updated.
- And last but not least, easily accessible guest session.
- Evolution crashes every time I open the calendar. I haven’t research on this one, I just hope the next update will fix this.
- The window switcher (when using Compiz) is buggy. Not that it crashes, but most of the icon images are incorrectly drawn.
- Networking was down right after the upgrade. I am aware that the realtek WiFi driver for MSI Wind is not yet part of the kernel, but I was disappointed when I found out that my wired network didn’t work as well. Thankfully I was able to fix both network adapter issues:
- For the Intrepid WiFi drivers, grab the pre-compiled Debian packages at the msiwind.net forum: RTL8187SE drivers for Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 (DEB packages) Thanks bece!
- To solve the Wired network issue, follow the instruction in this Launchpad bug #27406
Overall, it’s not a big upgrade. Nothing was changed substantially, but the changes are very much welcomed to the end user.