xforcevesa and wubi
This post would be primarily talking of the issues concerning installation of Ubuntu and needing CLI fixes, so not a good demo experience to show to others.
My mama (Mother’s brother) came to our house last week. He’s been an avid MS Windows user for last several years. He has only two hobbies, fiddling around with the OS he knows and making Data, Video CD and DVDs collections of movies. A typical non-technical. non-cli complaint user.
I have been using GNU/Linux, primarily Ubuntu for last few years exclusively. So I wanted to impress him in the sense he would use it as a primary Operating System. So took backup of one of the hard disks, used a Ubuntu 8.10 Live CD to do the needful.
The first issue/thing which didn’t go well is it didn’t boot in the normal mode. I had to press F2 and switch to safe-graphics mode in order to get the CD to show me the GUI.
The GUI itself was not showing me the whole screen (suspect it didn’t read the values correctly) . Anyways did the install using tab and the idea where ok or Next would be and did that.
After a successful install, I booted and was back into 640*480 land. I did a bunch of updates but that didn’t get rid me off the 640*480 reflection. It was only after I removed xforcevesa from the kernel lines that I was able to get to 1600*1200@60Hz bliss.
Now I dunno where to put this bug against as a typical, non-technical user shouldn’t have to do all this hoops. This tells him/her its not really ready for a desktop experience.
The next thing I tried showing him off was using Wubi in a windows partition so he could experience it. That again backfired. Although this time I have put up the bug for that.I hope somebody also runs in this one and can give the needed info.
There is always the possibility that I chose the wrong version (perhaps LTS would have been a better bet) although pulseaudio had its share of issues on 8.04 (atleast on my end) . On 8.10 it has been sweet in that regard, music after codecs work without fiddling around with .asoundrc and other stuff.
So all in all, there is still need for improvement in places so people like me can show it off to friends without the need for doing CLI work in front of others.