I have currently have Ubuntu on four machines, server, laptop, home desktop and office desktop. I upgraded them all (aside from the server) from “Hardy” (8.04) to “Intrepid” (8.10).
I aught to write myself a letter to be read next time I am about to upgrade my Linux installation.
And am I happy with the recent upgrade? Over all yes, but…
Next time I need to ask myself, “Do I really need to upgrade?” Everything was working okay but since upgrading I have not been able to get my SCX-4100 MF printer working. I have it printing now, but it no longer scans. I might get it sorted but it is about finding the time to do so that is the problem. Even getting it to print was a problem as the driver I have is a bit old and the current one is not downloading from the Samsung web site.
The laptop is not behaving now either. I had got the sleep and hibernate functions to work on the Thinkpad R50e in Hardy. In Intrepid neither of them are working now!
Apart from the printer and Thinkpad problems, “Intrepid” works fine. The syncing of my PDA (Palm Treo 680) works better as it no longer hangs occasionally. Other than that I am not sure I have gained much.
I like the new default font rendering on screen with Intrepid but I now know I could have had it in Hardy by going to System> Preferences> Appearances> Fonts and select Subpixel smoothing LCD. Then click on Details, and under Hinting choose Slight. If you don’t like it at least the option is there to experiment so you can settle on what suits.
Back to Intrepid, it seems to load quicker, but perhaps it is a delusion because I think Ubuntu is great. But still, next time it might be a good idea not to be such and early adopter.