Friday, 14 May 2010

Upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04

I recently upgraded Ubuntu in my laptop from version 9.10 to version 10.04. The upgrade was quite smooth, but I had to "fix" a number of things:

* I wanted to get rid of the login sounds, and I found how to do it at

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/sound/event_sounds --type bool false
gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/sound/event_sounds --type bool false

* My wife also uses this laptop. We both want a Spanish keyboard, but she wants the menus in Spanish while I prefer them in English. For some reason, after updating to 10.04 my menus were also in Spanish. This didn't look very promising ( but in the end I managed to change it.

In the language support tool I had the following languages (in that order) English (United Kingdom), Spanish, English, but then I always got the menus in Spanish. Moved away Spanish below English and all is fine now. Perhaps the support for UK English is broken?

* Sound issue solved?
In 9.10 there was apparently a bug with the sound which made many games misbehave, and the trick was to create a file with name ".alsoftrc" in your home directory (and contents "drivers = oss"). It seems that this problem is gone in 10.04, so I get rid of my .alsoftrc file and the problem does not show.

* X problems after upgrade.
The upgrade generated a new and very basic /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, so I had to regenerate my old configuration.

So far I have not found any other issues...

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