October 10, 2008
During the latest round of updates released by the Ubuntu team yesterday was a display update of some description. Having the Nvidia Geforce M8800 model of the Dell the said updates have stopped the display from working properly.
It has switched to a low graphics mode which I tried to fix using the built in reconfigure menu. This led to a black screen which was unrecoverable and led to a hard shut down.
It looks like I will be waiting for the official release of 8.10 before using Intrepid again as I don’t have the time at the moment for a bug fixing session.
I managed to get the Laptop to boot again in low graphics mode. I then proceeded to install more available updates, rebooted and then got a 20 second or so burst of loud system (POST) beeps during start up and was left with a blank static orange Ubuntu screen. After trying a couple more reboots the problem stayed the same but without the beeps. I decided to return to the cosiness of Hardy Heron which is where I am writing this from now.
September 26, 2008
I normally upgrade my Ubuntu installation to the latest Alpha when it becomes available. I just love being an early adopter for no other reason than that.
However up to Alpha 5 I have been unable to get the M1330 to boot using the install media or a direct system update via the net. Black screen crashes with each method. So along comes the Alpha 6 yesterday or the day before and I try over again.
And we have success. I have tested both the distro upgrade via the net from 8.04.1 and also a direct, clean install from the i386 live cd. Both work flawlessly. The only bug I had, which was resolved it seems by an update released shortly after I upgraded, was the wireless, which didn’t work correctly. However, like I say, this is now working fine too.
The system itself seems to be slightly faster and more responsive. Other notable features? To be honest to look at and use on the surface 8.10 looks and feels pretty much like 8.04.1, but we are in an early alpha stage.
I know that there are features under the bonnet that have been upgraded. The new kernel, new xorg, ACPI support and others.
I’ll say well done to the Ubuntu team. This really does feel like a stable and a faster machine with Intrepid Ibex on it. I look forward to more rolling updates to see where it goes from here all the way up to the final release in October.