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ubuntu 18.04 lts

Desktop upgrade time. The latest version of Ubuntu, 18.04 lts “Bionic Beaver,” was released last week, so I decided to upgrade my desktop computer in situ from 16.04LTS. There’s lots of changes between LTS versions, but the big change here was the switch from Compiz/Unity display manager and desktop to Xorg/Gnome. The reason why I upgrade is that the LTS version is supported until 2023, though I have to admit that having a new UI was enticing, especially with Gnome Shell extensions.
sudo update-manager -cd
After the above command to make the upgrade available to Software Updater, I had errors. Nonetheless, Bionic Beaver installed, and I rebooted. The first error was with ca-certificates during upgrade, which is a known Bug #1767453. The second was a broken intramfs, which I solved by updating it for the current kernel, sudo update-initramfs -c -k 4.15.0-20-generic.

Bigger issue I had was with Xorg/Gnome. When I’d go to log in, I’d get an empty screen, though intermittently between reboots it would work. Ugh. So I reinstalled Xorg/Gnome, by doing this:
sudo tasksel install ubuntu-desktop
then uninstalled Compiz/Unity by this:
sudo apt-get purge compiz compiz-plugins-main-default libcompizconfig0

It ends up the issue boiled down to one of the Display Managers, lightdm or gdm3. I decided to purge lightdm and use gdm3, which after the following thorough reinstallation, seems to be working:
apt-get update
sudo apt-get -d install --reinstall gdm3
sudo apt-get remove --purge gdm3
sudo apt-get install gdm3

I also installed gnome-tweak-tool to move the min/max buttons to the left, and the new theme, Communitheme, because after 8 years of Ambiance we all need a new Ubunutu theme! I also found some useful Gnome Shell extensions, which I installed via the “chrome” plugin in Firefox (go figure!). Oh, and this:
gsettings set show-apps-at-top true

After the perfunctory sudo apt-get update/dist-upgrade/autoremove, I went through many things, like local copies of websites, Openvpn, etc. and found they worked. MiniDLNA was also running but Logitech Media Server needed to be reinstalled (with a new version: 7.9.1 – 1522157629 @ Fri Mar 30 12:25:29 CEST 2018).

Mostly good, and a nice change of desktop scenery!


Ubuntu 11.10

Did the distribution upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 on Thursday. Unity is now the default desktop. Yes, it's different, but so is Gnome 3.0. (which is as easy to install as sudo apt-get install gnome-shell). I'm not fond of the Mac-like "global menu", and switching between open windows is a pain – there's just some dots on Dash. It's also not that configurable – just check out CompizConfig Settings Manager. I mean, what if you don't want to save recent documents?

Took the computer a few boots for Ubuntu to recognize my IntelĀ® G33 x86/MMX/SSE2 graphics. Unity still is not that happy, and it looks like I'm stuck running the 2D version. Anyway, it is functional enough and I'm going to get used to it, especially if I can get Nautilus to stop crashing all the time (is this the nautilus-open-terminal bug?)!

BTW, only application hiccup was that I needed to upgrade Squeezebox Server from 7.6.x to version RC 7.7.x – now called Logitech Media Server.

On the web:
Good tweaks from Webupd8
Launcher tweaks from Askubuntu