|Rachel Rawlings on 27 Apr 2012 19:20:41 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04|
Unity was fine in 11.10, I thought, much improved from 11.04. I've just upgraded my Phenom II desktop and my netbook to Precise and have seen a couple problems.
First, the normal application search that was integrated into the unity dash (what pops up when you press the super key) seems to be broken, or need indexing. I was not able to find xchat in the dash even though it worked with alt-F2.
Second, the default keystroke to open the HUD, which for unfathomable reasons was assigned to alt-L, didn't work. I had to go into the keyboard settings.and change.it to super-H.
Finally, I found an odd bug in the desktop, on which I used to have a Japanese keyboard. The unity greeter only offered a Japanese keyboards in the indicator panel, even though I had a US keyboard attached. I had to log into a shell and change my password in order to log into the X session, than change the keyboard layout /twice/, before and after rebooting.
So far Unity in 12.04 seems like a downgrade from 11.10 but once past these hassles I can get to ctrl-alt-T a new shell window. ;)
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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
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
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