Update [April 29 2010] – Lucid is finally out ! You can read about all the exciting features at Lucid’s site. The procedure to update remains the same. If you are in Beta 1 , Beta 2 or RC and kept yourself updated with Update Manager or apt-get you are fine. You already have all the latest packages. In fact , there was not much updates after the Lucid RC was released. So , go out install and have fun with Lucid !
Ubuntu’s latest release – Lucid Lynx is nearing final release and is now in beta 1. I wanted to test it out and report bugs if any. I had a bad experience when I upgraded from Jaunty to Karmic during its Alpha release which kinda broke my system. So this time I decided to wait till Lucid’s beta came. To know all about Lucid’s Beta 1 see here .
The steps to upgrade from Karmic to Lucid is relatively straightforward. Note : You can always wait till Apr 29 to get the stable Lucid. But if you want to get a kick out of trying the beta , do the following steps.
1) Type the following commands in the terminal
2) It will show "New distribution release 10.04 LTS is available" . Click on the upgrade button.
3) Sit back and relax.
The upgrade went relatively smooth with no issues. But surprisingly it took a long time – almost 2 hours. It might probably be because , I was also doing some number crunching when the installation was going on. Another thing that surprised was that it downloaded almost 2 GB of different deb files. I am a software junkie and have a lot of software but still 2 GB was bit too high. Also after the files were downloaded, my Network manager killed itself , so I was without internet for some time till it completed installation and rebooted the machine. It could well be due to my configuration but it did give me some anxious moments of what to do if the update failed. After some nail biting , the update was successful.
New Features I liked
1. Booting speed
The first thing you will notice is the blazing bootup time. Linux by default has a fast boot time, but this is really fast. It was all the more incredible as I have a huge list of software/services that are started during boot. Great job guys !
2. New Open source driver for nVidia
Lucid has a new open source driver for nVidia called Nouveau . I was a bit jittery about its performance as my restricted nVidia driver was doing a great job. But , Nouveau is doing a good job and I have not seen any big issues so far.
3. Thunderbird 3
Another big change is Thunderbird 3. It has lot of good features like tabbed browsing , auto sync and stuff. I am still getting used to the new interface but it is a change for good. Most of my extensions dont work now but I hope it will change in the future.
4. Me Menu
Probably the coolest feature of all. Ubuntu now has a Me Menu option that consolidates all about you. You can read about the Me Menu proposal . It links all your chat accounts via Empathy. Also it links to other social network stuff like twitter,facebook, flickr etc using Gwibber. I am still experimenting with this stuff and not sure of all its potential. But integrating social network into an OS looks like an interesting idea.
I also used Me Menu as an excuse to migrate from Pidgin to Empathy. Empathy was made the official IM for Ubuntu in Karmic but I was hesitant to change as Pidgin worked well for me. But now with all the new features, Empathy has more to offer than Pidgin and I am now happily in Empathy’s fold. It does have some annoying features but I have not checked the net if it is possible to alter them.
There are some minor annoyances in Lucid . Probably the biggest was moving all the window options (maximize/minimize/close) to the left of the window instead of the right. I saw in the net some simple means to revert back to the old style. I intend to give it a week or two and if I still feel uncomfortable, I will revert it back.
There were quite some crashes – for me apache, opera and gwibber crashed but most of them recovered. I have raised these bugs in Launchpad so hopefully the issues are all fixed in final release.
Go ahead and give Lucid beta a try ! I am sure you will love it !
Update [April 12 2010] – Lucid Beta 2 is out. The procedure to update remains the same. If you are in Beta 1 and kept yourself updated using Update Manager or apt-get , you are fine. You will have the latest (Lucid beta2 ) packages.
Update [April 23 2010] – Lucid RC is out. The procedure to update remains the same. If you are in Beta 1 or Beta 2 and kept yourself updated with Update Manager or apt-get you are fine and have all the latest (Lucid RC) packages.
Update [Apr 30 2010] – A strange thing happened when I was helping my friend install Lucid. When I did Alt-F2 and entered the command, it did not recognize the Lucid version. But when I opened a terminal and entered the command (sudo update-manager –d) , it recognized it. Seems pretty strange to me ! In case, you also face this issue, you can try this alternate way. I am also not sure whether the “–d” options is still needed now that Lucid is officially released. But still it did not hurt :)
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