Finally moved my main working machine to Kubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”. Yeah, late a bit, but it is my everyday working environment so I have to take these upgrades very seriously to not put my work into mess even for a day. Fortunately, no bad things were happened and in a lucky weekend I got Kubuntu 8.04 installed with all software I needed.
As I skipped 7.10 “Gutsy” release, I preferred to do a fresh install from Hardy Heron LiveCD instead of two-step “Feisty » Gutsy » Hardy” network upgrade. I installed Hardy right into the existing Feisty partition replacing the old installation. Separate home partition was left untouched to keep all my personal preferences and data in new system.
It took ~25 minutes from booting the installation CD to logging into a working system.
No doubts, Kubuntu developers and packagers spent this year not for nothing. In general, Hardy is a better system than previous Kubuntu versions. It loads essentially faster and many little annoyances was fixed. Good job!
Ubuntu systems are known to have great hardware support. As far back as 7.04 version, it recognized my hardware configuration including such exotic devices like DVB-card and CDMA modem without any problem. The only trouble was my HP LaserJet 1020 printer for which I had to install and configure foo2zjs package manually. So, it was nice to see it’s fixed in Hardy; now my printer is supported via native HP open source drivers and working out the box.
A bad surprise was that Hardy could not detect my monitor automatically and set failsafe 640×480 resolution as a result. It was strange as it was no problem with it in Feisty. Even when I’ve clicked “Detect monitor” button manually, it detected it as default “plug-n-play” monitor. I had to remember a model of my monitor and select it from the list. Not a big deal, but a pity though.
Looking great and nice but apparently, a lot of work is still needed there. Crashes are not unusual everywhere and the single Plasma panel looks more like a prototype than a part of a desktop for the real world. It’s half-baked, almost not configurable and I cannot setup a desktop I need for my tasks (IMHO, an essential fault for any Linux software).
So, I’m use the “solid rock” KDE 3.5.9 as a primary desktop environment for work and sometimes switch to KDE 4 just to get a feeling of bleeding edge desktop technologies.
- Dolphin – I already grumbled at it and I still have no idea what are the reasons to have yet another desktop file manager. Konqueror was a default KDE file manager for years and a whole generation of Linux users grew up with an idea of this software inspired by Konq. Dolphin’s user experience is different in many ways and totally unusual for me (and I think, I’m not alone). No matter if Dolphin is good or bad, I need Konqueror, thanks!
- Samba didn’t see my home network after installation. And I was unsuccesfull to fix it using configuration GUI in KDE Control Center (though I’m not a sysadmin guru and might miss some options). Finally I managed to configure the network by manual editing ‘smb.conf’ taken file from a backup of previous installation. Maybe it sounds trivial for experienced network administrators, however I remember that I didn’t edit any configs to get Samba working in Kubuntu 7.04.