The real truth is, I never upgraded; this was a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 (code name Oneiric Ocelot). I was hesitant at first of doing a fresh install becuase the last version of Ubuntu, 11.04 would not boot up on a new machine, fresh out of the box. Instead, from that install, I had to go to with the Long Term Support, (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) so that my BIOS would latch onto the boot loader and install. So, a plus for 11.10 as it booted up flawlessly.
I am not a big fan of the Unity Desktop. Regrettably, it is now part of Ubuntu, and Gnome 2 is now no longer included during the installation. In fact, installing Gnome 2 afterwards created more problems than I had time to deal with, so for now, I am sticking with Unity.
My thoughts on Unity are half and half. I think it looks cool and is very distinct from all the operating systems that I know of, but when you are old-schooled on Window$ XP, and Gnome 2, following the Dash menu layout is a cumbersome learning curve for the brain first thing in the mornings. But Unity does seem like it is stable, and I have not found a bug with it yet. I guess now that I have a 24 inch screen, space that the icons take up along the left side seems acceptable. I would drop it if I have a small screen for sure.
The Ubuntu Software Centre was another shock for me. Sure, it looks great, and that does not seem to have any bugs in it that I could find, but seeing propitiatory apps for sale along side the open source ones made me cringe. Advertising for proprietary apps on free open source systems, to me, is wrong on so many levels. Apparently there is a way of blocking it. Just waiting for the hack to be released so that I can rid those ads from popping up.
Along the same vain as the Ubuntu Software Centre, they took out Synaptic. One of the first things I did was installed it right back. Synaptic is a way better app finder than what is now standard for Ubuntu 11.10.
For your information: “Ubuntu is already used by 20 million people around the globe, according to Canonical” (PC World, Oct 13, 2011).
So, what worked for me?
I have a 2TB hard drive, along with a 2TB external drive with USB3. There seems to be a noticeable difference on accessing, and moving files between both drives. Actually, accessing the external drive seems to be performing a lot better than before.
Adobe flash seems better too. It was weird that it seemed added/preloaded during the install, but its integration seems better. Normally you have to load it afterwards becuase of the license from Adobe.I am not a fan of adobe, especially now that they stopped their support for Linux with their Adobe Air Installer, so my favourite apps like TweetDeck may come to an end soon. Sad for those vendors really when the mother company stops support like that? Oh well.
One surprise was my drawing tablet just worked right after the installation, or as they say, it now works right out of the box. It was calibrated and set up without me having to configure it. Very cool.
I think ATI and Ubuntu must have had a long talk. Now, my video card (Radeon HD 6770) is performing the same as it does on the Window$ machine. I am very happy with that. See, smile –> 🙂
Now Thunder Bird is the default email program for Ubuntu 11.04, replacing Evolution. I dropped Evolution months ago, and made the switch to Thunder Bird because Evolution kept crashing on me, or it would double list emails, even after deleting them. It was frustrating, and there was no fix at that time, so I switched. This might be a good warning for those who are still using Evolution, you will have to migrate your data over to Thunder Bird during the installation.