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Ubuntu Dapper Flight 3 February 20, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in debian, linux, ubuntu.
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Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 3 was released on 16-JAN-2006 in both Ubuntuand Kubuntu flavors.

I’ve downloaded both and will see how they compare to 5.10 “Breezy”, which is to be considered “stable” over these Dapper beta releases.

Started out with Kubuntu and it is very similar to Kubuntu 5.10 as far as installation and basic desktop goes. Immediately fired up sudo nano (nano is the easiest console text editor I have ever used! From first glance to changing files in a matter of seconds without even thinking about checking the man page! Nice to see it by default!) in a Konsole and edited /etc/apt/sources.list to free up universe and backports repositories.

My first experiment was with installing the nvidia drivers, something I already blogged about doing in 5.10. Nvidia drivers have never been easier to install on a debian system, guaranteed!

The method was very much the same as used in my breezy 5.10 nvidia post with the exception of an error I got upon installing nvidia-settings which said it conflicted with nvidia-glx as already being provided for! Could this be??? Yup! The Dapper nvidia install now features the latest 1.0-8178 version drivers! So anyway…

#sudo apt-get update
#sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx linux-restricted-modules-386
#sudo nvidia-glx-configure enable

was all it took and of note is that already dapper has moved up to kernel image 2.6.15-14-386 from 2.6.5-12 which ships on the CD, only released a little over a week ago! The new image was also downloaded as a dependancy.

Another note: on my system sudo nvidia-glx-configure did not work, giving me an “application not found” error! Quickly whipping up sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf and changing “nv” to “nvidia” took care of that problem. I rebooted into the new kernel and ran glxgears -printfps to make sure 3D accelloration was indeed working properly. 13000+fps on a default run! Not too shabby.

Next came sudo apt-get install firefox… FINALLY! v.1.5 is default! No more installing from scratch! Hell, if I can keep my kernel glued together I’m going to have to start plugging away at the extensions again soon too.

Realtime kernel tweaks coming up next, if I don’t crash my whole system 😉

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