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[Discuss] Ubuntu 12.04.1 w/Cinnamon install success
- Subject: [Discuss] Ubuntu 12.04.1 w/Cinnamon install success
- From: tmetro+blu at gmail.com (Tom Metro)
- Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:39:16 -0400
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Tom Metro wrote: > I'll try again with 64-bit 12.04.1... I did have better luck with 12.04.1. When I went to look up the PPA to install the Cinnamon desktop, I ran across mention of: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cinnamon-remix/ The Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix is Ubuntu 12.04.1 with Unity removed and replaced by Cinnamon with two panel (classic) configuration as default, multimedia extras included and preinstalled along with Firefox plugins and addons. Weather applet is also preinstalled. which might have saved some time, but I don't want to purge Unity, as inevitably it'll will be needed to troubleshoot an app at some point before reporting bugs. (In order to confirm that whatever bug exists when using the baseline desktop and isn't an artifact of running an alternate desktop.) > Strangely there was no option here to set up a wireless connection. > That didn't appear until a few screens later, and then I was never > asked again whether I wanted to have updates installed. This time I didn't wait to be prompted to setup a network connection. As soon as the desktop appeared, I clicked on the Network Manager icon and connected to my wireless network. Then when the dialog later appeared asking about whether to install updates, the option wasn't disabled. Still seems like a bug that they don't prompt the user to establish a network connection before that point. (BTW, what happened to the old installer option to test the checksums of the files on the CD?) > Next was the disk selection and partitioning screen. > I was, however, surprised to see the installer ignore the blank /dev/sda > as a possible install target. I was only able to select it by going to > the advance option, manually partitioning the disk, and then returning > to the disk selection screen. The options weren't any better the second time around. I had to manually delete and recreate the partition used for 12.04. Seems like I should have been able to say "use this partition," and not had to delete it and recreate it. Even after creating a new partition there seems to be no way to explicitly designate that as my desired install target. It was done implicitly by specifying that the new partition should be mounted at the root directory. It also required that I edit the previously created swap partition to again designate it as a swap type partition. (A warning dialog prompted me to do this before leaving the partitioning screen.) Not sure why the partition type was not recognized from before. > At this point the installer chugged away for quite a while. Actually, it chugged away for a while, which I thought was the start of the installation process, so I left it, only to return and find it sitting at a silly prompt waiting for me to select my user icon. (It must have been just formatting the disk.) This is another bug...all the user Q&A should happen before any lengthly operations commence. > I came back a while later, rebooted, and noticed the first graphical > screen to appear was distorted, and then disappeared to be replaced by a > message telling me Ubuntu couldn't detect my video hardware and was > using a low graphics mode, and then dumped me at a console prompt. This was either a fluke or fixed in 12.04.1, as it didn't happen this time. > On the next boot up I logged in to the Unity shell with no > problem...except the 2nd monitor was not detected, and selecting the > option to detect monitors didn't change that. > A notification appeared telling me my hardware could use a proprietary > video driver and brought me to the video driver selection screen... > > I chose the 4th and newest option. On the next reboot/login the 2nd > monitor now worked, while the primary monitor was blank. These issues still happened. I installed Cinnamon and moved on... > (With 9.10 the Nvidia driver has its own monitor setup app. Trying to > run the Gnome app results in a warning message. If you run it anyway it > won't detect a dual monitor setup. Does 12.04 also have an > Nvidia-specific setup app, but Unity dropped the warning message?) It turns out there still is an Nvidia-specific configuration app, which I was successfully able to use to configure the desired dual monitor setup. Apparently the warning dialog when running the stock display config app is absent in both Unity and Cinnamon. (I'm not sure who is responsible for installing that warning. It might be a bug in the Nvidia proprietary package.) > Around this time I noticed the sound was broken. > > I also noticed that playing back an MPEG4 (H.264) video showed inverted > colors. Codec problem, or still video driver issues? I didn't retest either of these in Unity, bot by the time I was running in Cinnamon neither were a problem. (My guess is that they'll work fine in Unity now as well.) With the basics working I switched focus to customizing Cinnamon. This process reminded me of the mess that is GNOME themes. There's a desktop theme. Window theme. Cursor theme. Keybinding theme. Icon theme. And GTK+ theme. Most significantly alter the appearance of the GUI. You'd think you could just pick a theme from a gallery that would encompass all of these things, and then customize it. Instead you end up selecting them piecemeal. (If I recall correctly, there's a better theme selection app that lets you tweak all in one place, but I don't recall what it is called.) So my current theming is mostly functional, but still needs some color tweaks in a few spots where different GUI elements have been assigned the same color and confusingly blend together. Next was looking up how to get rid of the weird "overlay" scrollbars used by Unity, which were still lingering: http://askubuntu.com/questions/134629/going-back-to-standard-scrollbars-on-unity The last step was customizing the panel. The workspace switcher app simply shows a "1" and "2" inside boxes. That needs an upgrade, but no alternative seems available. The weather app didn't seem to want to work. Nor did the better Window List app. I'll have to see if DockBarX will run under Cinnamon. (I installed a version from a tarball, but it won't run as a GNOME applet. Only a stand-alone dock. I can't really find any reports or official statement as to whether Cinnamon, or even GNOME 3 more generally, is supported.) 1. http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/applets/view/17 2. http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/applets/view/16 3. http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=101604 As you mouse over panel applets, some display text over the desktop background. Problem is they're using black text on a transparent background over a dark desktop image, so the text is illegible. Not sure where to change that. (For now I changed the background image.) Generally the layout of items on the panel is a mess. Some stuff scrunched together too much. Others spaced out too much. (Selecting the option to let Cinnamon scale applets to fit the panel helps.) The "edit mode" where you are supposed to be able to reposition things doesn't seem to work all that well. Hopefully there is a text file somewhere that can be manually edited to fix things up. -Tom -- Tom Metro Venture Logic, Newton, MA, USA "Enterprise solutions through open source." Professional Profile: http://tmetro.venturelogic.com/
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