cancel the 9.10 release... it is not ready

Dirk Hoeschen mail at
Mon Oct 26 11:08:04 UTC 2009

Hi all,

I am using Ubuntu since 3 Years. I would consider
myself as a advanced linux-user and professional software developer.

Just to check the new version, I migrated two 9.4 Systems to 9.10
and installed a Karmic Beta on a fresh system.

Now (3 days before the release) karmic seems to be unready.
Even if the system is stable, I found many bugs and inconsistent

On several systems there are error messages with timeouts.
"waiting for /disk/uuid/23wefsdfsdtgqweqrqwe" or so.
When the ugly white ubuntu logo disappears i get some normal
status messages and the the screen gets dark for 15 Seconds
until dark and unfriendly login screen appears. After all...
I have the imagination, that the boot process is not faster.

The user dialogs for several subsystems are not ready yet. For 
example... the old dialogs for setting detailed user rights or changing 
the welcome screen are not included.

On two systems with Nvidia cards, the hardware detection tells me
that no proprietary drivers are needed. Nvidia drivers must be
installed by hand.

The greatest mess is pulseausio. Usually I uninstall pulseaudio.
Otherwise I can not use mpd and flash crashes randomly.
In Karmic pulsaudio seems to be even more buggy.
Eample: I have a realtek onboard soundcard and an a USB headset.
Alsa seems to initialize both cards correctly.
But pulseaudio randomly detects sometimes only one card, both cards
or no card at all. Why don't you use alsa by default?

I really like to persuade people to use ubuntu. But as long
as it looks unready it will strengthen their opinion, that linux
is only for nerds. Pleas learn your lesson from the debian
community and release a new version only if its ready.

regards... Dirk

Dossestra├če 6
10247 Berlin
Tel.: 030 39 20 56 21
Mobil. 0151 20 500 462
Fax: 030 39 20 56 22

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