I upgraded to the latest versionof (K)Ubuntu yesterday — it’s nicknamed “Feisty Fawn” (previous version nicknames have been “Warty Warthog”, “Breezy Badger” and other silliness). It’s still in beta, officially, but it seems to be working surprisingly well. Even Sarah was surprised that I apparently broke nothing (important to her) and actually improved some things – like scrollability on the screen.
Previously I’d been using an xorg.conf file that I’d kind of mucked around in myself, not really understanding what settings I was changing. I tried that again this time after the upgrade to no avail. But this time I read the instructions about how to let the xorg.conf file be generated automatically, and that seems to have done the trick.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
Scrolling in all applications seems much smoother now!
The Kaffeine movie player may have gotten broken in the process of the upgrade, but that’s probably OK because I actually prefer the VLC media player. Flash still works in both Konqueror and Firefox. Java applets in the Konqueror browser still work (apparently not in Firefox…*argh*!). Haven’t tried Skype yet, but since they haven’t released a version of it for Linux since version 1.3.0, I am pretty confident it will be OK.