Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 - first impression

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 just before the long weekend. Here are my two cents regarding this release of the favorite Linux distribution of the many.

Some cool things I've noticed

  • Compiz animations are more fluent and nicer for the eyes in general.
  • system seems to work more stable than 11.10.
  • system seems to have less bugs too.
  • you can choose the size of the laucher icons on the applications bar (check out my new cool tiny icons below).

Some not cool things I've noticed

  • Huawei E220 HDSPA modem support is still broken.
  • package manager laucher icon sometimes gets unresponsive (old bug from Ubuntu 11.10) .
  • Windows Overview feature in Compiz (Win+W) sometimes doesn't display some opened applications.
  • Show Desktop feature in Compiz (Ctrl+Win+D) sometimes doesn't respond.
  • it is hard to create custom lauchers in Unity (bug existing since Ubuntu 11.10).
  • system sometimes hangs after wake up from hibernate state (guess what? It's bug from Ubuntu 11.10).

My general impression about Ubuntu 12.04 is on plus so far. It seems that Canonical guys learned their lesson from 11.10 bugs (at least from some of them).


  1. After reading your post and having some troubles with my old Ubuntu 10, I decided to install a brand new 12 instead of reinstalling old one.

    And in case of any problems, I planned to put all the blame on you ;) but luckily so far I have no issues :) Works like a charm.

  2. I also suggest not to upgrade Ubuntu with Update Manager but to install new version from scratch (CD for example). "Soft update" tends to generate some problems later on.

    BTW Ubuntu One makes "hard reinstalls" a pure pleasure :) .