Yes, I caught the fever spreading like wildfire… I downloaded and installed Ubuntu. It’s a pretty darn sweet distro with only a few quirks:

1) It comes with pbbuttonsd as the default power manager. I tried it for a few days and found that pmud does a way better job with power management (I got almost 4 hours of battery with pmud and only around 2.5 with pbbuttonsd).

2) Evolution spawns a new spamd process even with the -L parameter given to spamd. This means it take almost a half hour and the processor chugging along to download all the mail I had stored up over the weekend (108 new mails). This makes no sense to me.

3) There are no bakery2.3 or libxml++-2.6 packages which means I had to compile and install them to work on Coaster. Not too big of a deal.

One cool thing I found is that there are Prism2 modules in the kernel Ubuntu provides. Maybe they have been merged in the kernel for a long time and I never noticed them, but that makes me happy. No more compiling linux-wlan-ng each time I get a new kernel. Now, I wonder which version of the prism2 drivers got merged… I hope it’s something pre21 or later.

All in all, this is a pretty slick distro. I put the CD in, hit enter a couple of times and that was it (besides repartitioning my hard drive, which I needed to do for myself… it detected my partitions flawlessly). Good job guys! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the next release.

3 Replies to “Ubuntu”

  1. I was just writing something about the new Ubuntu 4.10 and wondering exactly that. I’ve seen conflicting reports about sleep support on Powerbooks.

    On a Radeon powered iBook afaik it’s been supported for quite some time now, the real sticking point is with the Nvidia Powerbooks.

    Maybe Bryan can clear that up? (^_^)

  2. You can use the debian flavored libxml packages in ubuntu. Only thing is the bakery ones in debian are out of date so those can’t be used yet. Maybe I will post some for both systems in the future.

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