During the development of Ubuntu 9.10 I got used to running the development version on my netbook. I like installing updates every few days to see new improvements be added (and don’t depend on my netbook to get work done), so I installed Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” Alpha 1.

My netbook is an Eee PC 901. Everything works out of the box with the latest versions of Ubuntu. I use the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, but there doesn’t seem to be an alpha release of it available yet so I installed the normal Ubuntu desktop. I downloaded Lucid Lynx Alpha 1 and created a live-USB system using USB Startup Disk Creator.

After booting the live system the network manager notification icon was missing, and I couldn’t connect to my wireless network. Killing nm-applet and restarting it fixed this.

The Ubuntu installer now has a “Update this installer” button on the language selection screen. I was hoping this would mean I wouldn’t have to install updates after booting the new system, but all this button does is install the latest version of the installer application. Once the update finished, the installer restarted and the update button disappeared.

I haven’t had any problems with the installed system, but there isn’t much of a noticeable difference from 9.10 yet. Here’s a few changes I did notice:

  • The touchpad defaulted to “edge scrolling” instead of “two-finger scrolling” but it was easy to change this setting.
  • Notification bubbles seem to be drawn in a debug mode.
  • Ubuntu Software Center uses a nice new animated breadcrumb control.
    breadcrumbs in Ubuntu Software Center
  • Bootup seems to be a bit faster than 9.10. A transition from usplash/xsplash to plymouth/xsplash is taking place, so the boot experience could change soon.
  • A few changes are planned for the default software selection, but most have not been made yet. GIMP will be dropped, a video editor will be added, and a smaller selection of games will be available.

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