Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex – Initial Review

Lately I haven't gotten a whole lot of tech loving lately. One of the downides of being busy is that I haven't had s much time to play with new tech. With the tech I've been playing with, I've had less than successful outcomes.

Intrepid Ibex is such a story. I had really high hopes for Ibex as every upgrade I had previously done with Ubuntu had been great in general. I first installed Ibex when I was building my Shuttle like computer that I call the mini tiger. The problem with HArdy was that it couldn't properly detect the video drivers for Gnome because it was too new. I was excited when the install of the Release Candidate produced results. Eight days later the complete version of Ibex was released.

The upgrade process on my Asus W3J was quite difficult. For one, the upgrade failed and forced me to reinstall the notebook again at the time, I attributed it to the fact that I upgraded it on the day of release and that the downloads were choppy. Since then, using it has been choppy at best. I am having to constantly reboot the notebook as I get rather random freezes. On the plus side though, I finally got the ability to output on dual screens with my notebook although this only seems to work on the Intel drivers and not the ATI Linux drivers. Also I seem to require rebooting the laptop a whole lot more.

On Tiger Mini, installation required me to turn on AHCI for Ubuntu to even recognize the drives. This in itself is not so bad. I'm not sure if this is related but both the drives which are Raptors can no longer be recognized by Ubuntu on install. I am going to attempt to re-format those drives to see if that helps my cause any.

All in all, this was a really disappointing Ubuntu release for me.

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