11.04 proves to be a little bit of a headache

Apr 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Linux / Freebsd

Update: After a couple more hours my little bit of a headache turned into a full blown apocalypse.  This new released is absolute garbage and the end result is me being forced to format my entire partition and reinstall a fresh copy of 10.04.  Unbelievable that this release would even see the light of day in its current state.  To repeat  DO NOT updated to 11.04 for so many reasons.


Two major problems with the upgrade, well besides the hideous GUI that greeted me as soon as I logged in for the first time.  A gui that literally gave me a headache at the thought of twisting my mind around it.  Still gives me the heeby jeebies thinking about it.

So the other issues were that my touchpad would just give up and stop working after about 30 seconds.. Great fun


This thread is a boon for people with this problem: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-input-synaptics/+bug/549727?comments=all

In the end my solution was running these two commands:

sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps

But there are a ton more solutions in there to try if that doesn’t work.


Lastly Emerald doesn’t seem to work with 11.04 and this has been a known issue since alpha apparently with the emerald guys still not releasing a stable fix.  There are a few solutions out there, mainly to git the latest repo of emerald but when I try to compile it I think what it tells me is that I need GTK 3.  For some reason I remember trying to install gtk3 in the past and it ending bad, so I’ll tough it out without emerald for now.

Hope that helps, if I could have stayed with 10.04 instead of upgrading I would have and if you are contemplating upgrading to natty I would strongly recommend you give it 4-6 months and save yourself the headache

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