Michael Lazin on 27 Apr 2012 14:50:15 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04

funny you should mention this, because I installed ubuntu 12.04 as a fresh install on one of my desktops last night.  It installed the driver for my nvidia 400 series card no problem, and everything is working.  hdmi audio is working right now, but only on two channels.  I haven't set up surround sound yet, but I've done this on the last version of linux mint and I know how, so if anyone wants instructions on getting hdmi surround sound from an nvidia card on ubuntu, I'm you're man. 

"sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras" gets you 64 bit flash, ms fonts and all the extra goodies.  I recommend it.  I installed gnome.  I hate unity.  "sudo apt-get install gnome" does it all.  It's gnome 2 in the repositories.  I may try to install gnome 3 myself later.  As a note, oracle java is no longer included in the partner repositories.  There were security problems with the versions in the repositories before, and instead of fixing it canonical removed it altogether.  I guess they don't like oracle.  This is an issue for me because I run ubuntu at work and I have tools that depend on "real" java. 

Just to see if it would work I installed 12.04 on persistant flash drive and booted it on my work desktop and installed the latest version of oracle java in my home directory and started my finicky service and support environment.  It worked fine.  If you must have "real" java it isn't hard to install in a directory despite it's absence from the repositories.  There are PPAs already, but I wouldn't trust them on a work computer. 

I am not sure what is going on but the hdmi audio support for my nvidia card on ubuntu 12.04 is a little bit buggy.  I'm using the real nvidia driver and there have been some crashes.  I am hoping this will be fixed in updates.  I hope this helps.  Peace


On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM, Eric at Lucii.org <eric@lucii.org> wrote:
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I'm considering upgrading my workstation from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS.
I am not a fan of the early versions of Unity but I'm willing to try
the latest incarnation.

Another hesitation I have is choosing the architecture.  I have an
Athlon64 X2 processor and could use the 64 bit image.  One advantage
is that I could easily use all 4 GB of RAM without rebuilding my kernel.

When I tried this in 2008 or 2009 it was an extraordinary hassle because
programs like Firefox only had add-ons for 32 bit versions.  I lasted
about 3 weeks before I wiped it out and went back to 32 bit.  I need
those add-ons!

Is this still the case or have they come up with a better way to have the
32 bit applications co-exist on a 64 bit OS.

Any other experiences with 64 bit Ubuntu?

Other recommendations?  I sure like the ease of getting software in the
Ubuntu/Debian form.

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