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chill's Journal: Precise Upgrade Hell 7

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Long rant condensed down for posterity.

Upgrading a working Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 broke the USB wireless and refuses to install the AMD proprietary driver. No, I'm not the only one with this problem. No, I can't use the OSS drivers because this is a flight simulator computer and I need 3D screen updates faster than I can draw them by hand.

Canonical has flat out neutered Linux. The penguin has lost his mojo.

1. The tool to modify the boot config has been removed in 12.04. And for the life of me I can't find the menu.lst file for grub. In order to allow me to boot to a different kernel I had to add a repository and install a 3rd party grub editor.

2. The Gnome terminal has horrible usability. The right, left and bottom borders are 1-pixel thick. You need to be exact with the mouse to grab the edge to expand it. And, to make it more of a challenge, if you move the mouse to the right edge a mini scroll bar pops into existence and takes over.

3. For some reason the linux-headers file is marked as x86/64. I didn't know source code was different for x86 and 64-bit! (Hint: It isn't) Since it is, the modules for fglrx (AMD graphics card) won't rebuild because the source installed doesn't match the running kernel! From what I can tell, this is a 32-bit specific issue. Thus I can't easily fix the graphics driver issue without re-installing the entire OS in 64-bit mode.

Since the software (X-Plane) is 32-bit and all I have is 4 Gb of RAM, I didn't bother.

I understand why at the last three places I worked (all 5,000+ employees) the only Linux in use was Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with Fedora for testing or playing around. QA at Canonical is a fucking joke.

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Precise Upgrade Hell

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  • 1. welcome to grub2. the file is now grub.cfg rather than menu.lst. Ubuntu autogenerates grub.cfg from commands in /etc/grub.d/ See "Grub 2 Files & Options" at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1195275 [ubuntuforums.org] More specifically, "adding entries to grub 2".

    2. Yes, this sucks.

    3. The linux-headers package includes the config for the distributed kernel, so it is architecture-dependent. That said, if you have x86 architecture installed, it should be giving you the x86 architecture linux-headers rather th

    • by chill (34294)

      1. Thanks

      3. It should, but it didn't. And when I did a apt-cache search, there wasn't a 3.2.24-generic-pae header available for 32-bit. Only 64-bit was there, which is what I have. Odd.

      New item. For the life of me I could not find a way to access a network share. A brief search seems to indicate that samba-client is *NOT* part of the default install and without a manual install you can't access network shares. That's just insane. Am I missing something?

      • by Qzukk (229616)

        Am I missing something?

        I suspect they thought everyone would just use gnome instead of mounting shares manually.

        • by chill (34294)

          Manually? I'm not sure I'm understanding.

          All I wanted was to be able to click something equivalent to "network places" and see the shared folders on my network. I can't find a way to do that in Ubuntu 12.04 without installing samba-client.

          Do you know of one? Maybe I'm just overlooking because I'm overthinking.

          • by Qzukk (229616)

            Not a clue. I use Debian so I know how packages should work, but I don't know Gnome 3 or Unity enough to tell you. With all the crying about Unity I suspect the answer is "it can't". My understanding was that Gnome's GVFS works through FUSE so you can just open smb://x.x.x.x/ without needing separate samba/cifs support, but now I'm not sure.

  • I've had upgrades break things in Windows before, but never in Linux (I'm running kubuntu), until now. I'd been getting notifications that a new version of Apper was available, and since the package manager was flaky I hit the "go ahead and do it" button. It didn't just install Apper, it upgraded the whole damned distro including the kernel. I let it reboot and walked down to the bar. When I got home, KSHE wouldn't play. Disappointing because they play 7 whole albums on Sunday night. I figured KSHE's web si

    • by chill (34294)

      Yeah. Beware.

      I downloaded Fedora 16's KDE spin (64-bit) last night and it installed without a hitch. It detected the wireless properly and allowed me to install the proprietary AMD driver with a pair of RPM commands and a reboot.

      I have my son installing X-Plane today. I like all the scenery installed on the hard drive, and that is 10 compressed DVDs worth. Lots of mindless disc swapping and waiting.

      It went so well I'm thinking of grabbing Fedora 17 when it comes out next week and putting it on my main machi

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