I’ve been all but gushing about Ubuntu since my first experience with it over a year ago and I believe my praise has been well deserved. I just installed Dapper final yesterday and I have a less gushing report. I’ll just give a quick summary here.
- I installed from the “Desktop CD”. This started a “live CD” session and gave me an “install” icon on the desktop. That was a little disappointing. I’m sure there is a more efficient way to get to the GUI installer than starting up Gnome.
- I wanted to look on my hard drive before I began the install and the live Gnome instance refused to mount it. It also refused to mount a USB drive I plugged in before I began the install.
- The “install interview” process was quick and painless. There was a total of six screens to go through and not one of them required much detailed information. I count this a plus for ease of use and a minus for functionality.
- grub just automatically installed itself to the master boot record, found my existing Windows XP install and put it in the grub configuration. That’s what I wanted to happen, but I’m not happy it just did it.
- Pretty much everything was working after rebooting: sound, networking, synaptic touchpad including vertical scrolling.
- NetworkManager (after I installed it) was not working appropriately after resuming from suspend. I had to do a little bit of work in the /etc/acpi scripts to get it working right. At least, I hope it is working right.