<p>Well, I installed Kubuntu 6.06 &quot;Dapper Drake&quot; from scratch the other night. I didn&#39;t actually intend to, though. I actually <em>wanted</em> to upgrade, but that didn&#39;t go so well. In fact, the upgrade completely hosed my system. Either I made a really bad mistake following the directions on the Kubuntu web site, or the directions were just plain bad. (To be fair, they <em>were</em> at least incomplete.) At any rate, Adept stopped responding in the middle of configuring autofs and I had to kill it. I tried to recover by running apt-get, which told me to run dpkg, which seemed to complete the upgrade. However, after rebooting, I found that I was without KDE (as in the upgrade removed it and never installed the new version) and without a network connection. So, since I had wanted to fix my brain-damaged legacy partition scheme anyway, I just reinstalled.</p><p>I must say, I&#39;m extremely impressed with the new installer. Instead of booting into a crumby command-line installer, the install CD is now a <em>live</em> CD. You boot into a working graphical environment and then run a graphical installer program to put Kubuntu on your hard drive. You answer a few questions, configure your hard drive with QtParted, wait a while, and reboot. The mount point selection screen could have used a few more visual cues, but other than that it was the easiest install I&#39;ve ever done. Bravo!</p><p>However, it wasn&#39;t all wine and roses. After booting into my new installation, I found that I no longer had sound, despite the fact that I&#39;d gotten the system sounds when I booted from the live CD. There didn&#39;t seem to be After flailing around in vain for a while, I found the answer in <a href="http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=4354.0">this Kubuntu Forums thread</a>, which basically said to turn off a few switches in KMix. I certainly never would have thought of that, since I never actually <em>set</em> any of those switches. In fact, I don&#39;t even know what they do. But, at any rate, it worked.</p><p>It also took me a few minutes to remember that Ubuntu doesn&#39;t come with MP3 support out of the box. It would have been a lot faster if Kaffeine or Amarok had just <em>told</em> me that they couldn&#39;t play MP3s. But <em>nooooo</em>, that would be too easy. Instead, I sat there for fifteen minutes wondering why Amarok was zooming through a two hour recording in three seconds without making a sound. I probably would have figured it out sooner if I wasn&#39;t so flustered from the previous failure of sound to work <em>at all</em>. At any rate, I eventually remembered and followed the new instructions to enable the multiverse repository and install libxine-extracodecs.</p><p>In other bad news, I still haven&#39;t gotten the <a href="entries/2005/08/06_2140/">extra buttons on my Marble Mouse</a> to work yet. Just copying the mouse setup from my old xorg.conf file didn&#39;t work. The really weird thing about that is that when I try to remap the buttons with xmodmap, I get errors saying that I need to define 11 buttons instead of 7. But the trackball only has four physical buttons and I&#39;ve only set the buttons option to 7 in my xorg.conf file. So where is it getting 11 from?</p><p>We&#39;ll see how the rest goes. I&#39;ve still got a bunch of other things to install and configure, so I&#39;m sure there will be some rough spots. Hopefully I&#39;ll get them all worked out and be able to post the solutions for posterity.</p>

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