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Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade succeeds on 3-yr-old computer

Posted 09-14-2014 at 01:55 PM by flshope

After my traumatic upgrade experience on my old computer, I was not looking forward to risking a disaster with my primary machine. However, after much backing up of data and hand-wringing, I went ahead with the Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade today. It went OK and took about 3 hours including package download. The machine appears to be operating normally, graphics and all. I don't detect any speed degradation with the display or applications software. Sometimes you win one!

The machine just upgraded:
Name: Pogo2011
Vendor/model: Pogo Linux Altura M3
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-970A-UD3
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor
Display: VGA compatible controller, NVIDIA Corporation, GF108 [GeForce GT 430]
Internet ISP: AT&T U-verse, ~6 Mb/s
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    Just as I did on my old machine (pogo2003), I installed "Gnome Flashback Services" from the Software Center on my newer machine (Pogo2011). Even though I like using Unity, I experienced some annoying anomalies: holding down the super key failed to display the keyboard shortcuts; doodling with super+w completely, if temporarily, hosed the display -- I had to log off to get control of the machine; the alt+tab function only seemed to cycle through two of the windows regardless of how many were open (maybe there's some trick here I never learned).

    So I have, at least tentatively, switched to using the familiar Gnome desktop (Metacity version). It's limited to 36 workspaces (with Unity I had workspaces set to 8X8), but with the bottom applications bar in Gnome, it's particularly convenient to have lots of applications open in each workspace.

    On the negative side, this Gnome doesn't offer many configuring options. That's probably why it is fast and stable, and it is certainly entirely usable as configured.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 05:22 PM by flshope flshope is offline


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