I’ve upgraded two desktop computers to the 64bit release of Ubuntu 10.4 in the last week. One was a fresh install (my desktop at the office, a Dell Optiplex 755) and the other was an in-place upgrade (my desktop at home, a Dell Optiplex 760 with dual monitors). Aside from the new color scheme (yuck), I’m pretty happy with 10.4. So far nothing has broken, crashed, or regressed in any way that I’ve noticed. I was able to easily drop the latest versions of VirtualBox and Google Chrome (the only 3rd party packages I really use) without issue. The most noticeable change so far has to be the boot speed. Both machines go from hitting the Enter key at the Grub menu to a usable desktop in a remarkably short amount of time.
The irony is that since these are Linux desktops, I really don’t reboot them that often. But this means that when I have the confidence to upgrade my laptop, which I do reboot more often, things will definitely feel better. And that also applies to any 10.4 virtual machines I run too. The most interesting question is whether I can get away with all 64bit installs. This is 2010, after all, so I’d like to make use of all this memory. But the VPN client at work has been the limiting factor so far. Thankfully there appears to be a solution on the horizon for that.
I’ve been running the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my Samsung NC10, so I’m curious to try the Ubuntu 10.4 Netbook Edition on it soon as well. Anyone tried it?