Staying with Hardy
barnaby at drofle.com
Tue Nov 18 12:05:14 GMT 2008
A liitle while ago I decided to move from Edgy Kubuntu to a more up to
date version. I did a backup of Edgy and then a new install of Gutsy. A
little tweaking was needed but it all went very well. Meanwhile I had
read plenty of praise for Hardy and I had the CD's so a while later I
installed Hardy as a dual boot with Gutsy. So some first impressions.
I made a few changes.
I sorted out the NumLock problem. That is, I set it to switch NumLock
on automatically, then found that the light did not show the correct
state of the set-up. The light was off when NumLock was on and vice
versa. A search in Google showed that this was a known problem and also
showed me how to sort it out.
I prefer to double click the mouse to launch a program so I changed that
I installed Firefox (version 2) and Thunderbird. I do not like kmail for
email nor konqueror as a browser.
I installed the Gimp.
I set konqueror to be the default file manager, as I do not like Dolphin.
I installed GnuCash.
I use floppies for small backups. Yes, I know, still in the stone age,
but I find them useful to backup my accounts in GnuCash. When I tried to
use them in Hardy there were some problems which I eventually tracked
down to an error in the relevant line in fstab.
The install had not found my printer properly so I added my printer and
made it the default.
I added some more programs which I like, eg Opera, Scribus, Abiword,
Now it all seems to be going along nicely thank you.
So my comments ...
all this tweaking was simple enough for me, and I do not consider myself
to be an expert at all. However, a newbie would get a bit lost I suggest.
I chose version two of Firefox because I have read that there are still
some problems with version three.
I avoided KDE4 due to all the problems I read about in this list.
I am not considering Intrepid at all as an upgrade after reading about
so many people who are having difficulties with it, especially KDE4. I
also do not like the idea of being forced to use Dolphin instead of
Konqueror. I thought that personal choice was one of the main reasons
for using Linux.
So, I am happy so far with Hardy (Kubuntu) and I expect to stay with it
for a long time to come. If it ain't broke ........
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