I’m still rocking the Starling and the Pangolian from System76 and it runs well on both.
I’m running Docky as my lower panel/dock, Gwibber (Pino on the netbook) for my status.net/twitter/facebook needs, Flock, Tomboy, and Pidgin.
Lucid desktop with Docky.
I’m using the Ambience theme with the moved close/max/min buttons. I wasn’t sure I’d like them, but I think I do. It’s different and I’ve gotten used to them.
Let’s see… what I like:
- The colors. Wow, purple and black really suit Ubuntu. I really like the rebranding.
- Gwibber is now “the” microblogging client for Ubuntu. It’s neat to see a project/program start up then get accepted to a major Linux distro.
- The new icons. I can’t stress enough how nice they look. Wow.
- Bootup time is relatively quick. I don’t see a major change from Karmic.
- The indicator applets are great. Once you get used to having them, it’s difficult to go back to the old way.
- Speed, speed, speed! I see faster application opening under Lucid than under Karmic. Might just be my imagination though…
What don’t I like:
- The spacing of said indicator applets. They could be closer together up there to save room. I don’t see a huge issue here on my laptop, but on the netbook where there’s limited space, it’s a problem.
- I don’t have immediate change on my power applet when I plug in or unplug. This is minor, and as long as it detects soon enough, I’m happy.
- Empathy. No metacontacts. I’d use Empathy if it had metacontacts; it’s really something I need. This is more of a problem with Empathy, not Ubuntu Lucid, though the program is default for chat.
- The popups are still “down”. I’d prefer if they were right under the clock, but you can’t always have what you want… Maybe just an option in gconf-editor for them to be moved around? That’d be great.
- Some applications crash. It really doesn’t seem to affect the application though, as they start right up after I dismiss the “X has crashed” window. Strange.
Anyway, this version of Ubuntu is shaping up to be a really great release. I’m hoping it’s really successful, especially for a LTS release.
The Ubuntu team has done some really nice work with this release.
Oh, my normal disclaimer… this is a beta release, and as such should be regarded as crashy. Install/update at your own risk.