My Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Experience


I have now upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 Beta. Initially it didn’t work out for me, a sI was getting only a white-screen when logged in. I thought Ubuntu was wrong in the release of such not ready beta. But on chat in IRC I found that I was wrong, and could correct it. The problem arose because I had replaced the original GCC with my own compiled version. It conflicted with the upgradation process. And there was nothing wrong in the upgradation, or the Beta, as such.
  So, on usingb the Beta, now I find the following changes-

  • First and foremost, now the Mute button of my Laptop actually mutes the sound(for the first time). The sound preferences menu seems to have developed so much. It now has more useful options, which are easy to find and use.
  • The Default Ubuntu wallpaper and theme is cool, far far better than its counterparts in the older versions. Apart from this now Ubuntu provides a host of other cool wallpapers, which are very awesome, much like the cool wallpapers, that you find in either Vista or maybe Win7(ya I’m talking about Windows…)
  • All the communication software now comes under a link in near the date and time notifier in the panel. Its now really easy to access Empathy, Evolution,(and if you have installed it-)Pidgin, Gwibber Microblogging client.
  • If you have installed Gnome-Do, you would find that it looks more cooler now.
  • Firefox is the latest version-3.5.3, with Ubuntu Canonical branding. So, it supports HTML5.
  • The different folders like- “Music”,”Home”, “Pictures”,etc, in each users account has now an informative icon, denoting its content.
  • Empathy replaces Pidgin as the default chat application, said to be for the long term good. Hopefully so..
  • The Login screen is now more integrated, and designed more logically.
  • The Compiz-fusion effects run much better in my Intel Graphics card now, as the kernel version 2.6.31-14, has new MESA driver, which supports Intel GPU better.

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