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Quick thoughts on Ubuntu 8.10

Posted by linuxhappy on October 31, 2008

Comming from Ubuntu 7.10, I installed Ubuntu 8.10 today.  (you can safely ignore that last post I made).  A couple things that I’m happy to see inside of Ubuntu 8.10:

Installation. Probably one of the things that most people take for granted.. but.. wow. what a breeze (as always).

Nvidia binary drivers that are actually up to date-  In Ubuntu 7.10, I used Alberto Milone’s to get the latests and greatest binary-only nvidia drivers.  It seems that Alberto is now a maintainer for Ubuntu’s Nvidia’s driver packages.. So i’m hoping that all the latest and greatest drivers will just be integrated into Ubuntu.  This is really cool since using Envy gave me some issues with turning on/off compiz.

DKMS – Dynamic Kernel module support – this is going to be cool to see what happens when nvidia, and the virutal box guys start releasing updates to their kernel modules.. hopefully things will go smoother than before.

Firefox-3… Wow. this version of firefox3 makes the firefox 3 beta version that came with 8.04 look like internet explorer 4.0.

Shortcomings?
The only thing that still doesn’t work is suspend… I think it has to do something with my laptop as I guess others have gotten suspend to work on a toshiba tecra A9. too bad for me.. i guess it’s time to upgrade the laptop.
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/241407

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Installing Ubuntu 8.10 on my Toshiba Tecra A9

Posted by linuxhappy on October 30, 2008

Update: Turns out i guess my CD was bad… It’s weird that I can put the “broken” CD into another computer and do a ‘Verify CD for defects” and have it pass all the tests.. Ohwell.. I burned another copy, and everything seems a-ok.

So, I installed the Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate last week, and I’ve been doing some minor testing with it.. Looks like suspend still doesn’t work.. Too bad. But okay.. Ubuntu 8.10 (final) was released today, and since I’m home sick with a disgusting cold, why not!?  OK.. Lets download and install
Crap! Booting up Ubuntu 8.10 final, I’m noticing that I get kicked into a Busybox v 1.10.2 prompt looking something like this:

Loading, please wait…

BusyBox v.1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-1ubuntu6) built-in shell(ash)
Enter ‘help’ for a list of built-in commands
(initramfs)

I get this prompt if I try installing ubuntu, or trying to run ubuntu without making anymods to the system.  I even tried checking the cd’s integrity.. and still, i get thrown into this prompt..

If i let the system sit there for a while, I get these messages: ( that seem to be coming from some sort  of kernel):

[ 69.401037] end_request: I/O error, dev sr0, sector 1431184
[ 69.401110] Buffer I/O error on devie sr0, logical block 178898
….

Strange thing is.. that if i put the cd into my other computer, and run an integrity check, the CD is a-ok!.. soo did something happen between the Release candidate and the Final CD where the installer no longer recognizes my cd-rom drive?   Maybe my cd-rom drive is busted.. but.. hmm i can load up my old operating system and still use the cd-rom..   Strange. I guess I’ll start googling around.. perhaps others are having this issue as well?  I’d hate to post something on launchpad, and have it turn out being a problem on my side…

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