Well, I finally upgraded my work machine from Jaunty to Lucid about a month ago, and really liked what I saw. I was using 64-bit, and got sick and tired of all the little issues with flash, Java, and Acrobat Reader., so I switched to 32-bit instead. KDE4 seems much more stable and polished now, and I can sign PDFs with my smartcard now in Acrobat Reader. Since it worked so well at work, I went ahead and upgraded at home after a couple weeks. This involved swapping my media computer with my main computer (the old RAID SATA setup I have is getting a little squirrelly), and rebuilding both. The RAID computer was built using the Alternate Install ISO, which worked well. In both cases, I lost no data unless I chose to, so the 300 GB of movies I had copied from our DVDs was wiped from the old media server. I figure I can always recopy them in a smaller format later. Yesterday, I updated my wife’s laptop, completely rebuilding it (wiped everything after backing up the user data). I restored her data later and nothing was lost.
Some common things I am doing to customize my Lucid installs of Kubuntu are:
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update(from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu)
sudo apt-get --yes install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 w32codecs
- Update to a later kernel (currently 2.6.35-17) –
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kernel-ppa/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.35-17 linux-headers-2.6.35-17-generic linux-image-2.6.35-17-generic linux-maverick-source-2.6.35
- Update to a later version of KDE4 (currently KDE 4.4.5) –
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
So far, things work very well. The computer with squid, squidGuard, and dansguardian is not going to be upgraded, however. Another thing – no more XFS. I now use EXT4 with everything, and have a separate /boot partition. This is so I can more easily convert to btrfs when 2.6.26 comes out. I read that btrfs suffered a large performance regression in the 2.6.35 kernel, so I will hold out for the 2.6.36 kernel instead.