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Upgrade Ubuntu from Jaunty to Karmic

Posted 10-31-2009 at 10:55 PM by Sonneteer
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My first attempt to upgrade to Karmic was met with an error about ubuntu-minimal missing. The problem being the mirror I had selected was not synced with the new distro yet. (The "Select Best Server" option probably thought it was a good mirror precisely because nobody was downloading thousands of packages from it yet) So after switching to a different mirror, the upgrade went pretty smoothly.

In addition to the improvements one can find on many another review, a few things I was pleased about were as follows:
Updated nvidia driver. In Jaunty, glxgears gave me an fps around 8000. I had thought this was pretty good after coming from an old laptop that gave me 14 fps. On Karmic glxgears now gives me 41000 fps (with my nvidia GeForce 9800 GT).
digiKam had had a broken editor for me in Jaunty where the photos would not show up at all and I had to resort to gwenview for some quick editing work. The updated version of digiKam in Karmic is working perfectly though.

A couple of things that did not go as well:
There were some serious issues with sound. Songbird was giving gstreamer errors in the terminal and gave no audio output. A number of other players, as well as games, were also not outputting sound.
In search of an audio player that would work besides mpd, I installed banshee. Apt installed the following dependencies for it: banshee libboo2.0-cil libclutter-1.0-0 libmono-zeroconf1.0-cil libnotify0.4-cil libtaglib2.0-cil podsleuth
after this install both songbird and blobAndConquer were able to output audio again.

gnome-power-manager kept showing up in my kde system tray as an empty space, and would respawn if I killed it. Fixed this by logging into gnome and finding the power manger settings and told it to never show an icon.

The RSS plasma widget which I have on the screensaver no longer remembers its size and always reverts back to its default setting which is too small.
The Parley plasma widget still does not remember font selection between logins.
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