So, Canonical released the latest version of the Ubuntu distro recently, Jaunty Jackalope, version 9.04.
I played with Jaunty in a VM a bit when it was in alpha, and I didn’t notice many new features, compared to Intrepid, aside from the new login splash screen and the Growl-style notifications.
I waited a few days, then last week, I decided to take the plunge. The upgrade option in the Update Manager was too tempting, and yes, I usually prefer an upgrade to a fresh install, at least I did.
Since I had gone from Hardy to Intrepid with no issues, I figured this would be as easy. This was a mistake.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably see that my upgrade hasn’t gone very smoothly at all. I compounded my mistake by doing an upgrade the same week I was working on the Connect upgrade, further compounding the issues I hit. Thankfully, I had a working machine to use, otherwise I would have been distraught.
The problems started when I rebooted after the upgrade, and the display was all splotchy with weird lines. When I logged in, the display was unusable. Turns out there’s an issue with Intel video chips, related to all the eye-candy visual effects I was using in Intrepid.
I found all this out by using my Mac to google the problems. Linux really is a hobbyist’s O/S, no doubt about that. It’s very tough to support all the possible configurations, so I suppose I should have expected hardware-specific issues.
I finally got all those effects disabled, then reset X.org to get it working fine. Oddly, I didn’t hit the sound driver issue that Rich had. I thought I was home free, until the display started freezing. I use a KVM to share a keyboard and mouse with my Mac, which could be the culprit.
So, now I’m hard-rebooting every once in a while when it freezes, and half the time, GRUB won’t load when I restart.
Lessons learned, wait for a distro to stabilize before you upgrade and do a fresh install.
I keep backups, so I’m not sure why I’m so averse to doing that. I guess I worry about sinking too much time into it, but after this upgrade, I’m rethinking that stance.
Aside from the issues I’ve hit, Jaunty looks very much like Intrepid, but honestly, I haven’t spent time reading about what’s new.
Despite my problems, I love Ubuntu, and I’m amazed at what Canonical has accomplished. I may still go back to Intrepid if I can find the time, or I might just stick it out until they deploy fixes. Even last week, there were already video driver updates available that I think helped me.
Have you upgraded? If so, how did that go? If not, why are you waiting?
Also, what’s new in 9.04 that has you excited?
I suppose you can also weigh in if you want to trumpet Windows 7.
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