Gutsy’s Got Gas

Last weekend I was extolling the ease with which one can upgrade through the newer versions of Ubuntu. We are only a few days out from the newest release, Hardy Heron. That will create a rush to Ubuntu’s servers, but I am not sure I am going to wish to be first on this one.

A new release gives me the temptation to jump right in to see what it is all about. Oh, but I have had the “new release” experience, and would like to send a note of caution, to those like myself, who might show signs of gastronomic distress when faced with frustration.

Having a new operating system can be great fun. You get to run around your desktop and explore all the new bells and whistles. It is great to check out new features, and how well the old ones you are used to are working.

You’ll see new graphics, and much of what is happening behind the scenes of your GUI may have changed as well. It is here where you notice the twitches and shudders begin. Is it the operating system, or your possibly system hardware match that is having a moment of discomfort adjusting to each other?

Gutsy Gibbon has gas, but occasionally it blows sideways. Graphics and sound performance appear much improved, but I know it has given my old IBM laptop a few shudders. Moving photos makes my system shut down, and Gutsy has got Firefox showing adjustment problems as well.

Yesterday, I spent the whole day grumbling at my Internet provider for the fact I couldn’t get anything done on the Internet. My pages wouldn’t load. My friend came by and showed me I could use Synaptic Package Manager to check my download connection.

Doing a download outside of my browser allowed me to see that my Internet provider was not the problem. Using Synaptic Package Manager, I downloaded Opera, and then ran it as my browser. No problems, I fly in cyberspace once more.

Now that Firefox knows it has some competition, it has settled down and is working perfectly. Figure that. I don’t know all that goes on inside my computer, but I know it acts how I sometimes feel when faced with new challengers. My laptop seems to have its own moments of digestive adjustment.

The Ubuntu programmers are much better at finding solutions for these software problems. I will leave that to them. When new releases come out they are very busy. Meanwhile, I will enjoy watching my laptop get used to it new companion, Gutsy Gibbon.

The gas has passed and things are getting better. The photo transfer issues I am experiencing may mean I need to take a trip to the Ubuntu Forums where those who know more, and suffer less, can shine there light on my discomfort.

Switching your OS can be quite an adventure. Picking up some Tums before you get started, might not be a bad idea. Smiles. ET

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