I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my spare (read: for distro-hopping
) hard drive on Thurdsday evening and have been playing around with it yesterday and today. Overall I like it, but honestly I don't think it's a spectacular improvement over 9.04. I mean, it's good, but it's not "WOW!". Like exploder, I had no problem getting multimedia working — one package in Synaptic (ubuntu-restricted-extras) for flash, MP3s, DVDs, etc. That was actually quite nice. And I've found a bunch of nice new stuff in the repositories, for example the skiki-colors themes and gnome-colors icons (which I had to download and install manually before), newer versions of the LXDE component apps, and so on. Wireless worked out of the box, but then it did on 9.04 as well.
The one thing in 9.10 so far which I'm really not sure I like is the new GRUB 2. According to the pages on it in the Ubuntu wiki, it has a lot of improved functionality over what they are now calling "Legacy GRUB", but configuring it, editing the options, etc. is a lot more difficult. There are now files spread across two or three directories you have to mess with in place of the single, simple menu.lst
of GRUB. The worst thing — this is the one aspect of 9.10 that is really bugging me so far — is that it now takes twice as long (some 12 seconds or so, compared with 5 or 6 for the old GRUB) to actually get to the GRUB menu when booting up. Any decrease in boot time (as in from GRUB to besktop) that they are touting is completely negated by the increase in time it takes to get to the GRUB menu in the first place. This is the one thing I'd really like to see fixed.