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Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1

written on March 27, 2010

10.04 is rock solid! The first TRULY rock solid release since 7.04.

There's only a small glitch related to the proprietary ATI driver; if you install the latest official one straight from the AMD/ATI driver site, you will get a blank screen on boot, this is because the kernel module doesn't really like the new X shipped with this release.

Fortunately, there is an unreleased fglrx in the official Ubuntu repositories which works great, except that after installing it gnome-power-manager seems to ignore the brightness value and resets it to 100%, at least on this ASUS K50AB series laptop.

To overcome this brightness issue, I wrote a small script which I execute to reduce the brightness (0..15).

(this will get fixed eventually before the release)

echo 8 > /proc/acpi/video/VGA1/LCDD/brightness

Ah, I almost forgot, it's easy to move the buttons to the right corner in metacity.

Here is how to do it:

In less than 5 hours, I have my whole system right back with all the necessary packages (i did a clean-install) installed. Huzzah!!!

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