- [?] big theme surprise,
- [√] as far as I can tell for now, no pulseaudio issues,
- [√] full support for my webcam,
- [X] my tablet pressure sensitivity fixed,
- [√] finally working 64bit flash!,
- [X] better oxygen and gg support,
- [X] google talk hidden status support,
- [?] give me a fucking break command!
is beta for now but I have to say something just to prevent myself from jumping off the roof.
As soon as I installed proprietary NVIDIA driver Ubuntu rebooted and logged me in… Into Unity session. How many wtfs per minute now? Well, many. To go back to the classic GNOME session log out and in login manager, on the bottom of the screen select Ubuntu Classic. Login manager will automatically remember your choice.
Pulseaudio seems to be finally working! I guess. At least it doesn’t cause unnecessary LAN traffic and the sound seems cleaner. It used to break after a month or so of listening to the music on the full volume so may update this one later.
Changing from Rhythmbox to Banshee? Pretty good idea. Good thinking there, Ubuntu devs! Unfortunately, no, for 64bit systems it isn’t. It crashes a lot (I mean a lot) and it’s media library is pretty buggy.
Come on, proper audiobooks support is described as a feature for how long now? Sorry, audiobooks land in “Music” library even if banshee listens for them in different directory so I had to drag’n'drop all audiobooks to the proper section and then another surprise – there’s only a gallery view. No way to sort them by author, track number or the whole book title – only disc number, length and track’s title here.
When editing an audiobook’s (or any album’s for that matter) tracks list you have to manually provide each track number because automatic counting (which is, of course present and once again listed as a feature) doesn’t work properly and more than often assigns track number that doesn’t correspond to the file’s name or order in the book’s directory. I’ve actually found a workaround. When it’s still in the music section of the media library you can sort tracks by file location and then use the tracks-counting functionality. However, when you’ve already moved your audiobook to the Audiobooks library section… no way to delete it or move it back to Music. Bad devs, bad! Rhythmbox was good only for music, true dat, but it was convenient.
The only good thing I can see about this change is merging videos into the media library which seems a good thing, however, I couldn’t find a way to edit video’s meta data like a genre or a director so it’s pretty useless for now. I hope it will improve.
Yeah, about that. I’m starting to think it’s more driver dependant but the only one that works with my cheap Pentagram doesn’t obey pressure sensitivity settings at all. Besides, I can move the cursor and write on the screen in the same time only as long as the pen tip is pressed against the tablet. As soon as I lift the pen the cursor freezes in place regardless of pen being in range for regular (without writing) movement. Then I have to lift it up higher to get it out of tablet range and then put it closer again. Very very very inconvenient.
This is the funny one! Default BitTorrent client initiates a very high CPU usage soon after it’s launched and it freezes somewhere in the meantime. Well, as far as I can tell it’s because of the fact this time Transmission comes without the URL to the list of blocked IP addresses and the default value (which is a link directing to something under the example.com domain) makes it hang when it tries to update. So you would want to replace it as soon as possible with something more proper. When I managed to finally find the reason behind 100% CPU usage, I discovered proxy settings tab disappeared.
This small applet lets you select default applications for checking your e-mail, browsing the web, playing multimedia, terminal emulation and accessibility. It used to work better.
The problem is you cannot override any of the preconfigured entries in an intuitive manner, e.g. you can’t just add –full-screen to your GNOME Terminal session because whenever you select custom command and put in gnome-terminal it will switch immediately to the predefined entry (replacing all flags from Execute flag field with -x). Workaround! Put in your flags in the Command field, then put the actual command in front of them.
Also, there’s no way to set custom e-mail client or browser. Once again, workaround! You can prepare custom .desktop file and place it in preferred-applications directory.
OK, after you switch to classic GNOME session instead of Unity, install Compiz Config Settings Manager and configure everything, it’s pretty usable but several applications crash now and then so remember to save your work frequently. Also, Adobe released new native 64bit Flash (10.3b experimental, I believe) so it’s pretty neat. Let’s wait for final release to see what improved.
And sideways it is. If not regression. I think I’m unhappy with this release. It went official a weak ago and it doesn’t crash so much any more but still, I wouldn’t call it a successful one. Banshee lacks as a video player (no display control, no convenient keyboard short-cuts, not even a double click for full-screen, no way to stop playback after finishing one clip or no timer shut down). It takes a lot to get familiar with Unity (and it seems like they go this way from now on and what is now called a Classic Gnome Session will soon be forgotten). Still no proxy in Transmission. Preferred applications selector remains non-intuitive. Polish IMs don’t work with Empathy (only basic messages exchange does and nothing else – not even a buddy list). Skype has some new troubles with web-cam (system or Cheese can use it, Skype can’t). Installing Audacity (which, of course, by default uses ALSA!) breaks Pulseaudio microphone settings – in order to use a microphone (e.g. with Skype) I have to run Audacity first and leave it in the background as long as I need a mic (e.g. throughout the whole conversation). And I can’t sync with my Sony Ericsson via BT any more, only cable. So… Yeah, I’m pretty unhappy.