Thanks for Lubuntu 12.10 and some observations
sandortegon at myopera.com
Fri Oct 19 14:06:29 UTC 2012
First at all, thanks to all the Lubuntu Team for this release. You know,
I must confess that after some problems I saw during the daily build on
Sunday (which was supposed to be a "release candidate"), I thought I
needed to install another distro. Xubuntu ... ummm, is not very polished
and not really lightweight (so, it doesn't really does its job very
well, but is a desperate alternative), so I thought on installing
standard Ubuntu with Unity.
I was afraid of my problems with Dropbox (not just the ugly monochrome
icon, but the fact it wasn't working well), and some other weird things.
So yesterday, I try to install the official Ubuntu 12.10 ... and I
realized I couldn't even configure the keyboard layout in Unity!! ... it
says "English (US)" but didn't let me choose the variant "International
with dead tilde" that I needed. And I realize it was difficult to
configure some basic things that are hidden ... even Windows allows you
a certain level of configuration. In other words, yes, Unity is pretty,
but not for me. My computer is not old, but I have been a Lubuntu user
for 18 months.
Then, I installed the official Lubuntu release and "magic": Dropbox
worked well again and other glitches dissapeared ... I am happy again. I
spent the night configuring it to my taste, wow ... better than ever!!
Congrats to all the team ... and thanks again. Sorry, for losing my
faith for a moment and deviating from the holy path ... this is a very
Now ..., some minor problems to comment, I guess my mail summarizes the
main glitches in this version so far:
1) Why Gpicview 0.2.4 is not installed by default??. Gpicview 0.2.3 has
several problems (for example, if you make a zoom in a large picture and
try to use the scroll bar, it doesnt work). I downloaded a deb file for
0.2.4 from the Lubuntu Developers PPA (lubuntu-daily), installed
manually the program and everything work fine. I will use this version
until someone finally puts gpicview 0.2.4 in the official repositories.
2) It only happened to me once, that I installed a program using
Synaptic and the icon in the main menu was too big. Not sure if this is
Lubuntu's problem or not. Concrete example: LatexDraw. I had to edit the
desktop file (latexdraw.desktop) in /usr/share/applications and change
latexdraw32.xpm with latexdraw16.xpm as the icon.
3) There is no option to download propietary drivers. I don't use, so
this is not a problem for me, but I have notice the option doesn't work
in "Software Sources"
4) For some reason, the program "Software Sources" loads very slow every
time. very different from 12.04
5) Again, as in Lubuntu 12.04, Xfce4 power-manager doesn't work very
well. For example, it does not do what advertised with the screen
backlight. I am not sure if it works at all. In fact, I uninstalled it
and not it works better, the laptop is cooler. This needs to be
investigated ... probably, this program is not doing anything good at
all in Lubuntu!. At the end, I installed Jupiter Applet:
http://www.jupiterapplet.org/, which in fact is the only program I have
found that allows me to disable the touchpad in my Toshiba Laptop
effectively, among other things (I cannot do this with other program in
the menu). I use the "Power on Demand" mode (and sometimes, the "Power
6) My computer doesn't have bluethooth, so I uninstall bluetooth
programs ... and curiously, this forces me to uninstall "Sylpheed"!!! It
makes no sense. I use Thunderbird, so it doesn't affect me (to the
contrary, it is better), but it is weird that Sylpheed has some
bluetooth program or library as dependency.
7) The "Penguin Games" installed by default ... umm... don't look very
well (some even missed the menu bar in the Window) ... I always
uninstall them and install aisleriot.
Thats all, I hope this complete summary is useful for you. Have a good
day and thanks again!
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