watch the meerkat

The new version of Ubuntu, 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, has been released today (or, rather, yesterday).

I am reluctant to try it out so soon, but there are issues with Lucid on my EEEPC (shortened battery life, somewhat unstable wi-fi at times) that make me very impatient to try Maverick out. perhaps the coming week, as I get relieved from my short term as an administrator.

Wow, more time for research and tinkering!

UPDATE: upgrade done, as expected, WiFi works way better (looks like it was the kernel case, as the 2.6.35 version hasn’t arrived at Lucid yet). The signal strength is better now, and the nm-applet doesn’t accidentally just disappear. And yes, the connection works on AC power.

Ubuntu, I owe you a post on why I love thee.

About beggingscholar

I am a scholar of Early Modern English literature and culture, teaching quite a number of English-related subjects at Kazan University, Russia. I am mainly interested in the formation of the Early Modern public sphere, scandals, subversion, non-literary discourses in literature and other forms of destructive creation.
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3 Responses to watch the meerkat

  1. Dinar Khayrutdinov says:

    Good day to you from one of your former students!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog greatly, and all the things you write about the sad situation with humanities and a position of a university scholar in general in Russia. As you understand, now being in a category of ‘young scholars’ myself, these issues are of huge interest for me, so keep posting, please, I really value your opinion on these matters.

    But I’m actually writing this comment for a reason more appropriate for your post above. I’ve been willing to try Ubuntu for a while now, but I’m a long-time boring MS Windows user, so it’s naturally hard for me to shift to Ubuntu at once. There are still a lot of ‘what if’s and ‘maybe not’s in my head, so, as you are, it seems, an experienced Linux/Ubuntu user, I need your advice, so could you possibly give your answers/opinions to these questions please:

    1) Which version of Ubuntu is the best to start with for someone absolutely new to Linux OS’s?
    2) Can I install Ubuntu and keep Windows on my PC at the same time? Is this easy to do and do I need a disc partition software for that?
    3) Is there any software uncompatible with Ubuntu? Will all my hardware drivers work safely with it?

    Thank in you in advance, and it’s a pleasure to be following your blog.

    • beggingscholar says:

      Hi Dinar,

      thanks for the kind words. I’ve got a lot to post and already drafted, but there are some pressing issues now not allowing to fully concentrate on the blog.
      I’m very happy to hear you are about to desert from the Windows flock! Ubuntu is fun, not that difficult at all, and greatly changes your mind about computing. Please come to one of the classes, I will give you some free e-books to help the transfer.
      Not being really that experienced Linux user, I’ll still try to answer your questions.
      1. If your hardware can hold it, then definitely try the newest version. It’s currently Ubuntu 10.10 (year + month of release), codenamed Maverick Meerkat. I’ve upgraded from 10.04 a week ago & everything went smooth. A more recent release always has a newer kernel version, which may have fixed many issues (like in my case, signal strength on WiFi for my EEEPc.
      2. Ubuntu has a tool named Wubi which will install the distro on your machine right from MS Windows and set the boot record automatically. Read more here. Just to be sure, google for “dual boot maverick (your Windows version name)” – there may be some good tips fitted for your configuration. Also, Ubuntu has a LiveCD – that means the OS will work from the CD, without any installation, if you just want to try it out. In any case, you will not need partition software as Gparted is part of the Ubuntu installer & if you don’t reformat the Windows partition, nothing will go wrong with your previous installation. Take care, though, and if you want to tread the difficult path, read some instruction like this
      3) Mainstream Windows software will be mostly incompatible, save for Firefox/Chrome, OpenOffice, Thunderbird and some lesser known (but amazing!) stuff like Dropbox. But never fear – Linux has lots of software in every area of computer activity, and finding and installing them is way easier than in Windows (that’s for me the primary reason for being on Ubuntu!). Also, Ubuntu’s strength is that most mainstream hardware works, as they say, “out of the box” (i.e. no additional setup needed). There’s the issue of proprietary vs. open drivers, but there’s a tool for that, too. As the last resort, Ubuntu forums are a very friendly place, where I have never failed to get help.

      please come see me at Kazan U – I can show you how it all works, as words are surely never enough

      • Dinar Khayrutdinov says:

        Thank you very much for the detailed answers! I will definitely see you at the University for more help, if you don’t mind.

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