OK, after a week of 11.10 I thought I’d list some of the problems and what to do about them. It’s not happy reading – I think it is fair to say Canonical have dropped the ball on this one.
- Unity – this is the joke Ubuntu think we should be using as a desktop interface. It’s rubbish, just use Gnome:
sudo aptitude install gnome-paneland then select Gnome when you login (click on that wheel thing beside your name on the login dialog).
- Evolution – this is nearly as bad as the Unity decision, but Ubuntu have banjaxed Evolution and I can see no obvious fix – I am using Thunderbird instead, but it is also broken (a bug is in the Ubuntu bugzilla but no fix is apparent) and complains about the Ubuntu One address book. You just have to ignore the errors and hope somebody gets around to fixing it. Better yet, gets round to fixing the distro so that Evolution works on it.
- Skype – this too is broken by 11.10. But it can be fixed.
sudo apt-get install libxss1:i386 && sudo apt-get install libqt4-core:i386 && sudo apt-get install libqt4-gui:i386 && sudo apt-get install libdbus-1-3:i386(NB: use
aptitudeseems to have some issues with this.) Be careful, though, as installing these libraries might cause you some other issues – have not for me, but they seem to drive a lot of other consequential changes.
- Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10 and getting rid of “Unity” (cartesianproduct.wordpress.com)
- Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Is Out Now With New Default Programs [Linux] (makeuseof.com)
- Ubuntu 11.10 Released (plavc.wordpress.com)
- Enough Ubuntu, YET? (ostatic.com)
- Ubuntu daddy bets on desktop polish, ARM clouds (go.theregister.com)
- Ubuntu Jones and the Return of the Gnome (blinovitch.wordpress.com)
- As Ubuntu Linux turns 7, ‘Precise Pangolin’ plans under way (infoworld.com)
- Jeremy Bicha: GNOME 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10 Update (jeremy.bicha.net)
- Linux Mint Will Soon Get a GNOME 3 Edition (pcworld.com)