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.