Ubuntu getting there

I upgraded again tonight my Gutsy Gibson laptop to the latest unstable and I like the little clean up that went on. Most of the bug reports I filed back in March-April are now fixed, and as far as I can tell, only 2-3 bugs still exist (e.g. duplicate entries on “Places”, Clearlooks crashing). That, and the refusal of the Ubuntu guys to provide a separate ffmpeg build with AAC support in it are the only things still bugging me.

I like the amount of clean up that’s going on though. A brand new Bluetooth panel that supports several profiles, dual screen setup utility, combined Gnome pref panels and more and of course, after Mossberg also whined about it, they added trackpad properties in the mouse panel.

It’s getting there. If only there was a port of Sony Vegas for Linux…

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stormrider wrote on September 20th, 2007 at 4:12 AM PST:

I got an ubuntu feisty installation, though I ‘ve downloaded all audio drivers, I still don’t know where to find 5.1 speaker support.

How the heck real player can be so annoying? I apt-get installed it, and it didn’t come with the necessary codecs for rm files!!! god those people…


Richard wrote on September 20th, 2007 at 7:40 AM PST:

God, I hate it when distributions remove codecs to stay one the “safe side”, IMHO this is just a pathetic excuse, they should f***ing stand up for their users and for interoperability! Everyone seems to be brainwashed by that patent FUD today. But of course, that’s only my opinion.

I certainly don’t want to offend or show disrespect for anyones work.


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Eugenia wrote on September 20th, 2007 at 12:37 PM PST:

Storm, I don’t know about 5.1 support, but you probably downloaded the Helix Player, not Real Player. Helix is the open source version of it, with only few codecs in it. I would just use VLC and Totem, not Real anyway…

>I hate it when distributions remove codecs

I agree. They should simply license them and be done with it. It takes money, but that’s what it takes to maintain a modern OS today.


Troy Banther wrote on September 22nd, 2007 at 9:17 AM PST:

Thank Eugenia. I am using Ubuntu 7.04 on my Intel Mac Mini. It’s extremely stable, read no problems, and usable for what I do. My primary duty is working with Oracle databases both at work and remotely at the local university.

I cannot handle Windows anymore and only run it via VMWare server to address any problems a user may have interacting with Oracle via Internet Explorer. The ability to switch between separate desktops to perform different tasks is an absolute must and Windows just does not allow me that flexibility.

My son and youngest daughter also use Ubuntu on their computers as well. My son loves GIMP and Blender. For a thirteen year-old young man he has surpassed what I’ve seen some students do at the local university’s art department.

Do you believe Ubuntu Gusty is a major step upward or should we remain at Feisty for the time?


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Eugenia wrote on September 22nd, 2007 at 11:01 AM PST:

I wrote a preview on osnews explaining that. It’s a good evolutionary step forward, not a revolutionary one…


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