R761's commentary

5 May 2009

Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04

Filed under: E51, Ubuntu — r761 @ 9:37 pm

Ubuntu 9.04 is out, and so far it looks good. I’ve upgraded 3 computer from 8.10.  The upgrade has fixed several problems from previous releases.

Nautilus can now write to obex shares over Bluetooth – this means I now have an easy way to write files to my Nokia E51 without resorting to extra adaptors (previously I had been removing the Micro SD card from the phone and putting it in a Micro SD to SD adaptor and then into my laptop).

“Mod4” (otherwise know as the Windows key) modifiers now work for more window manager shortcuts. Specifically I can now map Win-Home to bring up my home directory in Nautilus, and Win-L to lock the screen. A long time ago I mapped Win-F1 to desktop 1, Win-F2 to desktop 2, etc. This mapping continues to work in 9.04.

Apparently 9.04 includes support for force feedback wheels out of the box. I’ll test this once I’ve resurrected the PC with the network card which was taken out by lightening.

The much hyped notification system is a non-event. I had assumed that it would include a history – so you could bring up previous notifications to see what the one you missed was. If this functionality exists I’ve yet to work out how to access it.

Sound on my low powe Via system (called “fan less”, but actually has 2 fans) is still broken. This broke back with the upgrade to 8.10, and is still broken in 9.04. By broken I mean the audio stutters, making it unpleasant to use for listening to audio.

In other Ubuntu configuration changes I recently changed the power button to suspend (to disk) my laptop. (Configured under System->Preferences->Power Management->General->Actions->When the power button is pressed=Hibernate). Given I just about never shutdown my laptop, always opting to Hibernate instead this makes it quick to Hibernate. Previously I would press Alt-F1, Up arrow, enter, use mouse to select the shutdown menu as it invariably didn’t get focus, and then stuff around as the keyboard shortcuts didn’t work well. These keyboard shortcuts appear to be improved in 9.04, but pressing the power button is still much quicker.

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