Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Good choice
by vivainio on Wed 20th May 2009 21:54 UTC
vivainio
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2008-12-26

Frankly, I would have done the same thing. 8.10 and 9.04 have seen extensive changes to X.org (evdev, Intel driver breakage), while 8.04 was a bit more "proven" technology in this regard.

A truly conservative choice would be preferring KDE to Gnome - 8.04 has the "end of the read" KDE 3.10, i.e. it just won't get any more stable than that. Gnome experience on 8.04 is pretty bad; I'm using my own xmodmap, and I'm just plain and simple unable to type *anything* on gedit & likes.

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RE: Good choice
by ggeldenhuys on Thu 21st May 2009 07:18 in reply to "Good choice"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

I'm using my own xmodmap, and I'm just plain and simple unable to type *anything* on gedit & likes.

Then in must be a problem with your own xmodmap. I also use a custom written one to give me Programmer Dvorak key layout. It's been working perfectly for me since 7.04 and now on 8.04.2. I'm glad to see my feature request to add 'programmer dvorak' as standard in Ubuntu was finally accepted and is available in 8.10 and 9.04. Awesome! :-)

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RE[2]: Good choice
by vivainio on Thu 21st May 2009 08:04 in reply to "RE: Good choice"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

"I'm using my own xmodmap, and I'm just plain and simple unable to type *anything* on gedit & likes.

Then in must be a problem with your own xmodmap. I also use a custom written one to give me Programmer Dvorak key layout. It's been working perfectly for me since 7.04 and now on 8.04.2.
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Is this really an xmodmap, or xkb ruleset?

The xmodmap I've been using has been with me for ages, and it works on all Linux distros earlier than Ubuntu 8.10 (on Jaunty xmodmaps work again, but I had to change the keystroke numbers).

I wanted to like Programmer Dvorak (so i could abandon my custom Dvorak layout), but the designer had apparently been hitting the bong a bit too much and reordered the number keys. Also didn't utilize AltGr and didn't have easy way to produce scandinavian characters.

Yeah, way off topic - we probably need a whole article on programmer-friendly keyboad layouts ;-)

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RE: Good choice
by om_rebel on Thu 21st May 2009 13:03 in reply to "Good choice"
om_rebel Member since:
2009-04-09

I've been running 9.04 on my Inspiron since the RC came out. It has been rock solid, and to me, it's their best release yet. I had problems with 8.10 wanting to freeze, or slow down drastically at times for no apparent reason. But, the performance of 9.04, as well as the polish of it, has made it my favorite release to date.

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RE[2]: Good choice
by ggeldenhuys on Thu 21st May 2009 14:50 in reply to "RE: Good choice"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

Pitty they didn't make the Gnome desktop theme the same as the default GDM theme. I *love* the look of the gdm login screen. :-)

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