Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 15:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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RE: Comment by ocellaris
by AirIntake on Thu 29th Oct 2009 19:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by ocellaris"
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No kidding. 9.10 regressed audio for me. It loses my Realtek HD audio (82801H) after a few reboots, forcing me to do a alsa force-reload to get it back. The bug reports are there for this issue, but it's still a big regression for me, as 8.04, 8.10, and 9.04 all worked flawlessly on the same hardware.

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RE[2]: Comment by ocellaris
by sbergman27 on Thu 29th Oct 2009 19:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by ocellaris"
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I'm wondering how far down the tubes Linux sound will have to go before the distros decide that supporting crappy, incapable sound hardware with software mixing and other crap is just not worth it.

Sound has been reliable under Linux for some years now. But over the last year, audio reliability has taken a dive that I can scarcely believe.

And this is one regression that we can't really blame the hardware manufacturers for. Our distros did it to themselves. And to us.

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Oddly enough they broke the Inspiron 1520 which is a very common Dell laptop.

Installing Ubuntu for a relative is a bad idea since they will call you if something breaks.

It's not for human beings if it breaks working hardware and requires command line hacks to fix it.

Fewt's rant over this issue is a good read:

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RE[3]: Comment by ocellaris
by cerbie on Fri 30th Oct 2009 23:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ocellaris"
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Software mixing is good.
ALSA is just not very reliable, has a history of general crappiness, and our best solution is to either use a kitchen-sink sound server that duplicates work, or to give up power saving features (assuming OSS4 works with your hardware at all).

Edited 2009-10-30 23:06 UTC

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