This release was a pleasant surprise. I hesitated for a few days before making the switch but learning from my previous experience I played it safe : I made a new partition for Ubuntu 9.10 and I let the old Ubuntu 8.10 working full an untouched. To install the new OS I put the ISO on a USB drive with UNetbootin and the installation was a pleasure.
I’m not sure if all my observations are correct but this is the improvement list I observed after a few days :
- the wireless manager is working great ( it detects all wireless networks and I said good bye to WICD )
- the boot time is amazing
- firefox 3.5 is the default browser
- keyword shortcuts can be configured directly from the menu ( System – > Preference .. ) even complex commands can be set here
- the ati intel drivers worked out of the box
- even if I liked the apt-get command the Software Center GUI for installing application left me speechless
- the disk utility Psydm – made the automounting of partitions a simple configuration process ( you have to install the app )
The only 3 problems I had with the system were
- a squiky sound that was very annoying Solution
- a method to disable unlock keyring for network manager on startup Solution
- a way to disable notifications – No solution yet
This is a solid and stable distribution anyone can install with ease.