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Testing Ubuntu / Xubuntu 8.04 – beta release

I have been testing the beta release of Ubuntu 8.04 and Xubuntu 8.04.

There is only about 3 days until the final release, and I’ve been trying some of the latest beta versions. I had tried with some of the earlier betas, but hardware support was a bit lacking. I have had much more success in the latest versions.

First I installed Xubuntu on an IBM Thinkpad T21. I used one of the daily builds which had alternate install option only. This installed without any problems. I even got my Belkin Wireless card working by using ndiswrapper and the Windows XP drivers.

I didn’t have quite the same success with Ubuntu on a Dell C640, but it was still fairly successful for a beta version. I first tried a daily build which refused to install due to a problem in the package install phase. I therefore obtained the rc version which booted into the Live CD version without a hitch. I then installed using the GUI installer, which again was successful. I have not however been able to get a the wireless networking working. The laptop has a WLAN MiniPCI card based on the broadcom chipset (natoriously bad due to the closed source Windows only drivers from the manufacturer). In the past I had got this working using the ndiswrapper and the Windows XP driver:

Ubuntu / XUbuntu – Enabling Broadcom Wireless driver on Dell Latitude C540/C640 with built in wireless – Ubuntu 7.04

Despite following my own instructions – apart from using ndisgtk rather than the command line version – this would not work. I’ve submitted a bug to the Ubuntu bug tracking complete with output from the various commands.

Despite this I am very impressed with the new version of Ubuntu. If the wireless network can be made to work in the latest release then it will remain as my distro of choice.

One Response to “Testing Ubuntu / Xubuntu 8.04 – beta release”

  1. » Ubuntu 8.04 / Xubuntu 8.04 - Probably the best Linux distributions yet - Stewart Watkiss Blog Says:

    […] the proprietary firmware that had to be loaded. I’m not sure whether the problem I had with ndiswrapper not working on Ubuntu beta version has been fixed as I did not need to load that. Everything else works so well that I’m fairly […]

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