obligatory periodic netbook screenshot after distro upgrade

My beloved little yaller (yellow) Sylvania Meso netbook came with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Netbook Remix pre-installed. Just the other day, I was wondering WTF (where the f***) is an upgrade for that? Well, sure as shootin', the 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) just came out for it, too.

With the Netbook Remix, it won't auto upgrade like the standard *buntus will. You have to wipe and reinstall. I was worried about wiping a fully customized OEM install and replacing it with the generic download of 9.04, but everything actually works A-OK.

It was fast and easy. Here are the basic staps I used:

  • I copied my home directory to a USB flash drive (one of these days I'll put it on it's own partition).
  • I downloaded the updated Netbook Remix and wrote it to a flash drive using these instructions.
  • Installed it.
  • Copied my home directory back.
  • Re-fetched my favorite apps.

Pros of the upgrade:

  • WiFi works tons better. It was a buggy pain in the ass before.
  • The desktop is very pretty, though it's Gnome and I tend to love KDE more.
  • Everything runs fast and like a dream, as usual.

Cons of the upgrade:

  • Windows don't always maximize correctly.
  • Sound recorded from the microphone is herky-jerky.

Oh well, it will give me something to tweak. All in all the upgrade was painless and a lot of fun.

Here's the usual screenshot showing some favorite net apps. It's clickable for greater detail. Select "all sizes" after landing on the flickr page.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix Upgraded on Sylvania Netbook

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