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Upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10, Ubuntu 12.10 Review

This week I decided to upgrade to the latest release of Ubuntu, 12.10. I had thought about using 12.04 LTS until the next LTS came out, but I was getting a little tired of random Compiz crashing, and I was just generally curious. Here is my review of some of the differences, experiences, and new things I found in 12.10 that mattered to me.

Setup

I started the install on my  HP G42-415DX with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics and 8GB of RAM.

Install

After backing up my home folder, I decided not to upgrade, but to just install fresh by electing to erase my hard drive and start fresh. The install was rather quick over a USB live install of 12.10. Once the install was over it booted, rather quickly I might add, into the login shell. I noticed that I could no longer select 2D when logging in (which I expected).

No restricted drivers, everything worked out of the box hardware wise. I will say that this install was the best ever using Ubuntu.

Performance

The default video drivers performed perfect and I haven’t touched them. I did find Unity much slower than 12.04, but it seems to help to remove some of the lenses, but it’s still slower than 12.04. Other than that everything has performed pretty much the same. I did find the video to be much snappier and responsive, less static and flashes too. Dual displays worked great!

Visual Differences

Tabs were re-done to appear much nicer and buttons are smaller. The notification area has been made simpler, if there is only one user the user-switcher does not show up. The launcher works crisper and animations seem to be a lot better. In 12.04 I was always frustrated with it’s usability and notifications. In 12.10, when a notification is thrown, it properly pops out the icon so you notice.

Otherwise it’s pretty much the same. Unity has square highlights vs rounded highlights too.

Applications

Empathy got a good work-over and I feel it looks a lot better. Online accounts (which Empathy uses) is in the Settings panel. Gwibber does not work at all. The notification applet also always shows you as offline.

The best part is that ALT-TAB does not fold tabs in Chrome. This was really annoying in 12.04 as I had to ALT-TAB through each tab in Chrome.

Overall

If you are wondering if 12.10 is worth it, I would suggest it is. The removal of restricted drivers and more “just working” makes it a great release.  But, as always, your hardware setup will always change things. I’m glad I upgraded.

Smooth Ride for Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

So, the other day I threatened to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Since, it’s been the smoothest and most rewarding upgrade I’ve done so far.

I’m not trying to glorify Windows or Microsoft, anyone regular around here knows I love Linux and OSx. But,  I honestly have to give Microsoft some credit with Windows 7. It’s faster, I can use Aero, and common tasks that really bugged me in Windows XP/Vista aren’t that problamatic.

For instance, connecting to wireless networks. It was a little clunky in XP and Vista, but it’s just a click away in Seven – something Linux desktops have been doing for years though. But, it’s been the clunkiness of actions like these that have really put a bad taste in my mouth about Windows, say versus Linux or OSx.

Other activities like using the taskbar, like pinning websites from Chrome, the security warnings, and libraries all made me smile. Even the control panel is easier to use. But the overall thing I’ve noticed is it’s speed. It’s a lot faster, even with resource heavy apps running with Aero enabled. It’s pretty easy to disable Aero, and it’s even snappier. I even noticed using the search in the taskbar was quicker too. Some of my favorite Windows apps are even better too, like Media Player and Paint; the Snipping tool isn’t that bad either. Media Player also recognizes more of my formats than it ever has and has a photo gallery integrated.

So far, using Windows has had me saying, “this is the way it should have been all this time.” And, the only one problem I have been having is not seeing all three power plans when I click the little icon in the taskbar. That seems kind of typical Microsoft oops-ish to me.

Planning on upgrading to Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

I found out that all students now get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional. So, I’m planning on upgrading to Windows 7. I’ve done some research on the web (the best I could), and it seems Windows 7 works fine on this low-end netbook.

But, I am wondering if it’s really something I should do…I mean, I don’t really have a reason other than just having the newest OS on my netbook. Plus, I heard it has some neat features and I like Aero. But, I really don’t have any really good reason.

But, none the less I will be clicking ‘upgrade’ at some point today or this week. I will post an update as to how well the upgrade went and some of the reasons I will discover when I boot up Windows 7.

Hopefully I will be happy with my impulsive upgrade decision.