6 Nov 2007 dmarti   » (Master)

Fun with Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" (and a bug)

The message "New distribution release '7.10' is available." and the "Upgrade" button have been sitting there taunting me for a while, and one of my home servers has donated 25GB of Bittorrent traffic to the task of spreading the new release since it came out last month. But I was on a trip, and we all know not to upgrade the main work laptop right before a trip.

But last night, since I'm back and all, I clicked the Upgrade button. It walked me through a bunch of dialogs, most of which were just prompting me to replace config files with the distribution's new versions. Thankfully, it didn't touch any of the config files related to my weird mail setup.

Reboot, and the first thing I noticed was the new look for the desktop icons. Everything else, pretty much the same. (I don't have a festooned desktop setup, so I'm sure I'll notice more stuff later on.)

"sudo powertop" in a terminal, and I'm tracking CPU wakeups. Example of the kind of thing I'm seeing:

13.5% ( 12.4) : PS/2 keyboard/mouse/touchpad

Need to come back to that one. I think it's one of those that there's an easy fix for. Wakeups are in the triple digits, but the processor is sleeping in C3 a comfortable 82% of the time, so not too bad.

Yes, suspend still works.

The processor feels cooler, but am I fooling myself?

Now for the fun part, something that will help with the podcast.

Audacity has gone from 1.2.6 to 1.3.3 in this Ubuntu release, which should mean better ALSA support for my main podcast recording tool and the USB Audio box that I haven't been using.

I fire it up and ...yes! The M-Audio Fast Track Pro is there. Plug in a mic and I'm recording via USB, as I had originally planned for the podcast, but didn't have time to get the previous release of Audacity doing its thing with the USB box. I will buy cold beverages for all Audacity and ALSA developers, and for the packagers who make their software play nicely together, next LinuxWorld show.

Time to check my scanner. The GIMP is up from 2.2.13 to 2.4.0-rc3, and it still sees the scanner. Weird I/O error trying to scan the first time, but the second time it scans. Will keep an eye on that one. If I can get it to do it again I'll report it.

Now for the bummer: a real bug. I use "mairix" to index my mail, and this happens.

dmarti@zea:~$ mairix
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

That's not good. Most of what I do with mail still works -- I can still get, read, reply, all that stuff, but one of my favorite nifty little utilities is out of commission. In conclusion, Ubuntu is clearly Not Ready For the Enterprise, but my next podcast is probably going to sound a lot better.

Syndicated 2007-11-06 19:02:07 from dmarti's blog

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