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I had a few spare hours yesterday, so I decided to upgrade to (the beta version of) Ubuntu 10.4, called Lucid Lynx. The upgrade went quite smooth, but I can't say I was completely happy with the end result. As it's getting usual, a typical Ubuntu upgrade is becoming two steps backwards & 3 forward. There were quite some things broken after the upgrade :

  • no framebuffer with the new kernel. Fixed by upgrading to Grub2
  • Gnome 1 called and wants its GDM theme back. No, seriously, GDM looks so horrible that I'm wondering there's something wrong with my config
  • Some users got XFCE as a default window manager
  • The upgrade to Thunderbird 3 removed some of the SMTP server settings for all users.
  • The window control button placement is stupid (I know about the many discussions and the Canonical reasoning behind it, but still). Here's a guide how to place these buttons to the right place again.
  • There is no support any more for the NVidia drivers. I knew I would run into this, I had to downgrade the drivers already in Karmic, but this means bye-bye to Compiz.

Not all is teeth-gnashing :

  • Boot times are faster
  • Overall desktop feeling is faster and snappier
  • Fonts are displayed way better

So, mixed emotions with the upgrade. Hopefully there are some GDM changes before the release hits the road.

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Lucid's hardware driver manager detected my Nvidia card fine and I installed the suggested drivers to get 3D support....

Hmm. Seems that I'm affected by this bug too...

Some of the bugs are solved now (well, it's still a beta after all) :

1. GDM theme has been repolished and should look better now
2. XFCE as a wm should be due to mtyhbuntu packages being erroneously installed.
3. The mount problem with LVM is being solved in updates of mountall.