Colonos’ interface to cyberspace has been updated to Ubuntu 8.10 and here are the first impressions – with more to come.
So far most things look fine (the default wallpaper is surprisingly nice), lm-sensors configured painlessly, but getting my favourite music player, XMMS, to work proved a right hassle – basically you have to be Intrepid to get it compiled in the Ibex.
Existing how-tos for XMMS in Hardy are unsufficient – many more liberaries required, a pure dependency hell.
So more about that soon.
Another annoyance, I find, is Pidgin’s integration with Gnome, so that your log out button in the upper left hand corner (default position, see screenshot above) becomes your Pidgin status icon when Pidgin is running. First of all it is almost next to the Pidgin systray icon anyway and secondly it is annoying to have one kind of logout button (the standard) when you don’t have Pidgin running and another logout button (i.e. incl. the Pidgin options) when Pidgin is running. Perhaps I just don’t get it…Also, Nautilus somehow thinks that my external hard disk is a “Picture CD”, which means that it redefines its interface for the (wrong) purpose and that’s annoying as well (and that behaviour was confirmed in irc freenode #ubuntu with reference to an 8Gb USB memoery stick).
More about XMMS later, it is slowly time for bed, been a long night.
Last note, perhaps: here is a screenshot of Intrepid Ubuntu 8.10 with Compiz enabled, “visual effects” set to “normal” (the middle way), and more than 20 applications running (incl. OpenOffice, Firefox, gimp, K3b (hence KDE libs as well), Acroread, VLC (playing a video), XMMS (playing music), and Deluge (torrenting) on an Intel Celeron M 430 @ 1,73GHz with 1.1Gb RAM:
and after running for about 10-15 minutes with that ridiculous amount of applications at once (which I’d never do under normal circumstances) the system resource use looks like this: