That’s what I can say about Maverick so far.
Upgrading from Lucid was easy. I just pressed Alt-F2, then typed
update manager -d
and the update manager started up, after I entered my password. It started updating right away.
Something I noticed right off the bat when I rebooted is that Maverick has taken care of some of my niggling issues, namely my laptop running at rest at 1.0-ish system load. Now, as I type this, my computer is running at 0.66, and it was 0.38 earlier. (System load measured by my system monitor applet.)
I had to re-enable my PPAs and run an update, but once I did that, everything was ship-shape. I like the polished theme. I like having my music player in the sound/volume menu. I like the way the new messaging menu looks.
Now for some pictures!! (Under a cut to save space…)
Ok. Let’s get to the likes and the dislikes, shall we?
- Polish. Ubuntu is progressing on this front. I love the way it looks. I know I should say something other than, “Ooooh, pretty!” but it is a very pretty OS.
- Speed. I logged in and was to a desktop faster than I was in Lucid. Anyway, it seemed that way.
- Indicator Applets. This is an awesome way to deal with all the little things you have running. Email, microblogging calendar, music… I love having things consolidated down; it actually makes things easier to find.
- Network Manager. It seemed to connect to my wireless connection faster than in Lucid.
- Banshee doesn’t work. The 1.7.x branch hasn’t worked at all for me.
- Gimp is not standard, but because I had it installed in Lucid, it carried over. I know why they removed it (to save room on the CD) but Gimp is a very powerful program.
- Deskbar applet isn’t included in the default install. Strange because it’s very useful.
- Somehow my Chromium theme (based on my GTK theme) has an orange bar. Ok. It was gray before.
Now, if that’s all I have to complain about, I think the release is doing well. I like the login screen too; looks very clean and polished. This release is a nice step in-between LTSs, and the Ubuntu community and Canonical has been working VERY hard to create a modern, sleek, stable operating system that’s easy for anyone to use and install. Kudos to them.
Overall? I love it. I’m going to wait on UNE for my netbook til the next LTS comes out, only because I want to see how the new interface shakes out. I’ll upgrade to Maverick, don’t get me wrong, but I just won’t use UNE.