[kwlug-disc] First observations on Lucid Lynx

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sun May 2 07:33:48 EDT 2010

   After a delightfully social evening at Kwartzlab and test  
installing the new Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Desktop version a couple  
times, some thoughts:

* Aubergine?  For the love of God, AUBERGINE!?  What the hell, man?   
I'm waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out from behind my monitor.   
Yeesh.  But it's worse than that.  After the install, the terminal  
client also comes up with an aubergine background, but it's partly  
*transparent* so you can read what's behind the terminal window.   
What's the rationale for *that* decision?

* Out of curiosity, I went looking on the install CD for the package  
list but found very few .deb package files, so I wondered where all  
the install content was coming from.  A bit more poking around  
revealed the sizable squashfs image file casper/filesystem.squashfs,  
so I imagine that's what's used for both the live session, and as a  
straight copyable root FS if you choose to install.

But if that's the case, why are there still a handful of .deb files  
under the pool/ directory and it's alphabetic subdirectories?  For  
instance, the g++ and libstdc++ package files.  What's special about  
the .deb files that are still on the install CD?  Again, just curious.

   In any event, everything else looks very slick.  I may give serious  
thought to changing primary distros.


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