First impressions with Ubuntu

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Sep 17 09:04:58 UTC 2004

On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 10:27:06AM +0200, Julien Olivier wrote:

> Now, I noticed a few problems:
>  - The CD volume of the OSS mixer is at 0 after install. Thus, audio CDs
> don't work. I had to go the the sound volume controler to change it.

Fixed in alsa-base 1.0.5a-1ubuntu4.

>  - OpenOffice and Firefox aren't internationalized in French (and there
> is no French dictionary either in OOO).

Did you install  Each translation for openoffice can
be as much as 20 megabytes, so we do not install every language by default.
In the future, this will be more automated, based on a choice of languages
in the installer.

>  - If you start your computer with a USB mass storage device plugged in,
> it won't be reconized by HAL. You have to unplug it, and re-plug it.

It works for me here.  I boot my system with a USB card reader attached
(which shows up as a mass storage device), and it shows up in
hal-device-manager without any re-plugging.

Perhaps it is specific to your device?

>  - My sound card is an Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) AC'97 Audio
> Controller. On this sound card, I can't control the volume using the
> "volume" or "PCM" channels. Only the "PCM2" channel controls volume. The
> first problems is that PCM2 is muted by default, and is not controlled
> by the sound volume applet. Is there a solution to this ?

I do not think there is a simple solution to this.  I have seen other cards
with both PCM and PCM2, where PCM is the useful one. :-/

>  - If you change the icon theme to "hicolor", all the icons disappear,
> and the trash applet crashes.

Please report this in bugzilla.

>  - Why don't you provide ndiswrapper packages. Are there any legal
> reasons not to ? I think it would be great to have it by default, and to
> even build a front-end so that one can easily install Windows drivers
> for his WiFi card.

There are only a few cards which require ndiswrapper that I am aware of, and
it is by nature difficult to support.  That said, look for unofficial
packages to appear sometime soon.

> - How to install Flash and the JRE for Firefox ? How to install DVD
> playback, additional multimedia codecs ? Is there a repository for all
> this problematic packages, such as for Fedora or PLF for
> Mandrake ?

There will be more news about this soon.

> Finally, a suggestion:
>  - I like Ubuntu's default theme, except one thing: the brown color on
> the window title bar. I think brown isn't a very neutral color. I would
> prefer something blueish... But that's only a  question of taste of
> course.

The artwork and themes are temporary; we will have our own look and feel for
the final release.

 - mdz

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