I installed KDE, it look 30 minutes (big download). I didn't like it, I uninstalled it. It uninstalled all the deps. This makes me happy.
Things seem to be going pretty fast. I had a lot of lag last time I tried Ubuntu, but that was admittedly over a year ago.
I installed Vim and tried to use the
:perldocommand and it failed. You got :perldo support in Gentoo by compiling Vim with the perl USE flag. I was a bit nervous about Ubuntu, because there's no way I can live without :perldo. But then I installed vim-perl and it worked. I still don't quite understand how these kind of packages work, but I can't complain.
I took a gamble and took my old Gentoo xorg.conf, replaced the Ubuntu version with it, and restarted X. Behold, Twinview worked perfectly. As did the extra buttons on my mouse. I love Linux when things work.
If I put two gnome-panel's on two different monitors, and put a taskbar ("window list") on each, each panel's taskbar shows the windows that are currently on that monitor only. I thought gnome-panel didn't support this, which is one huge reason I was using KDE instead. This makes me very happy.
I already had to install something manually because it was missing from the Ubuntu repositories. As I said, this is the price of using a binary distro I guess. I had to install rubygems myself, and then I had to install the win32 video codecs manually. Honestly though I think the ease with which everything else works will make up for having to play around with this kind of thing every once in a while. We shall see.
Kmail is totally b0rked. It complains about being unable to use imap or imaps. God only knows what's going on there. KDE support seems a lot less polished and tested than Gnome, in Ubuntu, which kind of makes sense since the main focus seems to be Gnome. I have no idea where even to being to look to get Kmail working, so I'm going to forget about it. Another price of using a binary distro.
Some commands aren't very "discoverable". Who would've thought
apt-cache searchis the command to search for a package name. Why not
apt-get search? But this is a problem with Linux in general: steep learning curve. And at least in Ubuntu I could've fallen back to the GUI package manager. (I'd rather learn to use the command line version, for reasons that should be extremely obvious.)
sudo. Yuck. I've blabbered on before about why I don't like sudo. I need to look up what will break if I start using su instead, and see if sudo is even removable in Ubuntu.
- Pretty sure I'm going to get tired of orange pretty quickly.
- The fonts in Ubuntu are really big and bold-looking. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. But it's noticeably different than what I was used to in Gentoo. I'm sure I could fix this if I wanted.
- I don't believe the bass and treble volume controls are working. That's troublesome. I do like that the sound comes non-muted by default though. That was always a rather silly thing about Gentoo. Can't imagine how many hours of time have been wasted by users trying to get their sound to work because of being muted by default.