Mostly Painless – Upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04

I’m still not quite sure how, but I’ve managed to acquire a second laptop. It’s been sat there for a while, happily running Ubuntu 9.10 but not really doing too much else, so when the opportunity to migrate to the latest and greatest Ubuntu version came along, it just seemed like a good idea to re-christen it “Gullible Guinea Pig” and introduce it to “Lucid Lynx”.

So, without any further ado, I fired up update manager ( System Menu, Administration) and hit the Upgrade button

An hour or so later, all has proceeded to plan and the machine has a shiny new version of Ubuntu.
Obviously, there are some cosmetic differences – the default colour scheme is a bit less brown; the Open Office splash screen now has the Oracle logo in place of Sun… and all of the Windows have their control buttons ( Minimize, Maximize, Close) on the left-hand side of the Window title bar.

Hang on, that can’t be right, can it ?

One reboot later and the widgets are obstinately clinging to the wrong side of the title bar.

The solution to this little glitch turned out to be rather in keeping with the bug itself. In the System Menu under Preferences / Appearance, simply select another theme. As soon as you do that, the widgets magically revert to their proper place.

After that, everything seems to work as expected. I finally got around to enabling the machine for DVD playback, which is done in exactly the same way as for previous versions ( see here for details).


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