Additional Software Installation and configurations
|Desktop Effects||Ubuntu’s installation properly recognized the notebook display adapter, as a result basic desktop effects were automatically enabled. I wanted to be able to have more control over the effects so I installed the Compiz Settings Manager. To do so, open-up a terminal window and type the following lines:
After a successful installation, you should a new menu appearing at: System / Preferences / Advanced Desktop Effects Settings
|Automatic display dimming||I really don’t like this new feature. After some idle time, the screen automatically dim to reduce power consumption on battery. I’m often “idle” ready some texts and the dim just makes it harder to read so I move the mouse to bring back the brightness. The good news is it is easy to disable:
|WMV, MPG, MP3 support||First time I downloaded an opened one of these file types, I’ve been asked to install appropriate codec.In Ubuntu 7.10, you had to enable ‘universe’ and ‘multiverse’ repositories. With 8.04 you don’t need to.|
|KeePassX||Install the deb package from KeePassX website. The version available in the repository is quite old. The deb package downloaded installed flawlessly.|
Foxmarks Bookmarks Synchronizer
|I am now happy that Foxmarks released a new version with support for Firefox 3|
Take note that if you were used to install Automatix to install additional packages, it is not going to be available for Ubuntu 8.04 unless another group takes back the project.
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From my perspective, I don’t see any advantage to move from Gutsy Gibbon to Hardy Heron as of now. You may be disappointed if some of your favorite Firefox extension are not available yet. After the a couple of months and when Firefox 3 gets released, it would be a good idea since 8.04 is a long-term support. In my opinion migrating from 6.06 (the previous LTS edition) may really worth it.
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