Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04

I upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 10.04 this evening.  I've been running it on my work laptop for a while and on my desktop in the basement, and it's been great.  On both of those computers I did a new install instead of an upgrade.

For the first time ever, I was able to do the upgrade completely over a wireless network.  In the past, Ubuntu removed the Broadcom driver I'd installed by hand and refused to replace it.  This time I got a message asking if I'd like to install it, and it did.  Nice!

But that brings up my major complaint with Ubuntu upgrades.  It removed apps that I had specifically installed.  It should ask.  My Sun JDK was removed and OpenJDK was installed in it's place.  xscreensaver was uninstalled, but at least gnome-screensaver was not installed.  It'll probably take me a few days to figure out what else is missing.

Another pain with 10.04 is they moved the window buttons to the left.  Beats me why, I can't think of a good reason when it's been on the right for literally years.  Just to fuck with people, I think.  The fix is relatively easy, but not for joe average user:

1. Fire up gconf-editor
2. Drill down to /apps/metacity/general
3. Change the "button_layout" value menu:maximize,minimize,close
That is all.

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