I upgraded the System76 to Karmic tonight. It was a bit of a long upgrade having to download about 1.7gb worth of files and then install them. I must admit, this has been the easiest Ubuntu upgrade I have ever done. Now most of you will probably recall that I don’t wipe my system out when upgrading. This time I followed the more traditional Ubuntu upgrade and ran do-release-upgrade with the -d option for developmental version. This was after a standard update of course. About 2 hours later I was up and in Karmic.
I must say, the look of Karmic is beautiful. Gnome was nicely laid out and the whole feel was crisp and fresh. GDM has an interesting look and I noticed they went back to displaying the user accounts on the system. So now you don’t have to type in your name, just select it. The remaining optons are drop down menus at the bottom (i.e.; picking your desktop environment/window manager, language, etc) and stay at what your last picks were. I like that as opposed to having to click the options button and all.
For some reason, regardless the the fact that I always use Fluxbox, the first time I logged in it threw me to gnome. When I logged out I noticed that my session was set back to fluxbox and the second login had me in my preferred window manager. I then decided to check out KDE and wow, that was beautiful. The desktop photo background ran through my pictures directory for the random pic shots to show and promptly put up the picture of a toilet. What a contrast, because Karmic does not at all look like crap!
I look forward to exploring Karmic in more detail and I am excited to put it on my workstation at work!