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Decided to stay on Ubuntu 8.04

When Ubuntu 8.10 got released, I was excited to upgrade to the new version. I did the usual procedure of backing up my notebook’s hard disk and started to install the new Ubuntu 8.10. I opted not to do the upgrade path ‘coz I wanted to start over a clean environment.

Being a newbie to Ubuntu, my 8.04 setup was kinda full of “test installs” of software to try out which one I would use. I thought this would be a perfect time to start clean and later just setup a “test” Ubuntu system on a VirtualBox machine.

Not wanting to burn a CD for the install, I decided to use Unetbootin. It’s a software that allows use to setup a USB flash disk which you can later boot into and install Ubuntu (aside from other software).

After setting up the USB dongle and booting, the install was consummated flawlessly and my Compaq C700 notebook was now using Ubuntu 8.10.

There’s nothing much to look upfront ‘coz there’s not a lot of visual changes on Ubuntu 8.10 except the wallpaper which has changed. Here’s some of the changes you can expect if you have a similar setup that I have:

  • The very first thing I was glad about is the new screen resolution setup program is now able to configure dual head monitors without my having to tweak the xorg.conf file.
  • Wifi on my Compaq C700 is still not working out of the box. I wonder why? I’ve been using the madwifi drivers for quite a while and apart from the fact that the wifi button LED is not changing colors to indicate the status, wifi connection works. So back to re-compile and install the madwifi drivers to have wifi working. One good thing though is that on 8.10, I didn’t have to install the build-essential package (I guess it’s now included with 8.10).
  • After getting wifi working, I quickly tried out the new mobile connection enhancement stuff that I had been reading about. There’s now a new tab for mobile phones in the network setup. I started to create a configuration for my mobile phone. There was parameters for setting up a carrier but I wonder where I need to go to setup the mobile phone hardware I was to use?
  • I went to bluetooth configuration next. I use a lot of bluetooth devices so I wanna make sure that everything works. My bluetooth micro dongle was detected out of the box. This kinda clinch my decision not to use Ubuntu 8.10. In 8.04, my bluetooth Logitech mouse worked flawlessly. I don’t know what happened in Ubuntu 8.10 — now I would have to keep on pairing my bluetooth mouse whenever I start up Ubuntu. This never happens in 8.04.

At this point, I decided to stay with Ubuntu 8.04. Being new to Ubuntu, I wonder if the LTS (long term support) versions are always better than the upgrades. Well after an install of Ubuntu 8.04 and a whole bunch of software re-installs (eg. Open Office 3.0, VirtualBox, NetBeans, Eclipse …), I’m back to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. I now looking forward to Ubuntu Jaunty. 🙂

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.



No, the lts versions are not really better than the upgrades in my opinion. Unless you want to be using the same versions of software for the next 5 years. You can stay with lts. Lts only gets security updates. Try checking out the latest version of ubuntu. It’s not much different from the last ones. More considered to the 8.04’s service pack from many people. Of course, you had a good idea in mind. Try 8.10 in a virtual machine first. 8.10 is so far just as stable as the last for me anyhow.

Lts is good for stability, and mass deployments.


to have your wifi, you have to be connected through ethernet and download linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic package.

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