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Kubuntu Jaunty: Just 'cos I use it don't mean it's good

Jul 19, 2009, 23:01 (3 Talkback[s])

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"The first impression I got post-installation was that it was slow when desktop effects are turned on. After some trivial googling, we find that Jaunty's issues with Intel graphics chipsets are well-documented. The Jaunty Intel Graphics Performance Guide Howto documents how to get over this, albeit in a pretty non-standard way. The recommended 2.6.30 kernel to be installed isn't available from any ready Jaunty backport PPA repo, so that was downloaded separately and installed using dpkg -i. An additional experimental PPA has to be added to take advantage of recent X improvements. The default acceleration method enabled EXA is practically useless for us if we want to turn on desktop efects. This necessitates a switch to the newer (and less stable) UXA. Fortunately, this switch has worked well for us, for the most part. >

"Even then, some niggling issues persists. KDE's Plasma would crash every now and then. And when it doesn't crash, some other weird issues would crop up, such as all text on my panels disappearing after about 12 hours of uptime. Fortunately, restarting plasma-desktop is trivial so this is just a minor irritant. Still, one wonders how would a user who does not know how to restart Plasma would take this."

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