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[ubuntu] Ubuntu 9.10 on Dell Latitude D610 - Sweet

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Just got done upgrading my laptop from 9.04 to 9.1 and some basic testing. Sweet. Running the online update is painless if a little slow, likely due to the load on their servers. It's an incremental update from 9.04 for sure, but it's really nicely done. No problems with sound or system settings. It does seem to startup maybe a tiny bit slower, but operation seems overall faster. The new default look is very nice. Seems a lot easier to read now and cleaner. Picked up all of my old network settings from 9.04 and connected to the wireless network without any intervention from me. Left my old desktop just like it was. And I was surprised Gnome Do was still there and worked just fine. The new software center is a big improvement. It loads much faster and the search is greatly improved. Overall much cleaner. Hopefully some day Canonical will develop it into an Apple-style app store and provide a way for developers to earn a little cash and to make some themselves. My first impression is that this update is a winner. It's possible to take an older model like the D610 and get a totally usable, ready for business laptop. It's better than it was new. I connect an external drive and use it to store video clips from my Canon 7D. That camera and Ubuntu seem to get along just peachy. The data transfer rate is very fast and I can slam footage all day, up to the limit of my external storage and camera batteries. The only things on my wish list don't entirely depend on Canonical. Tighter integration with GoogleDocs, Calendar and Gmail would be really nice. A bonus if that included Picasso, Flickr, Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. It found my network printer without any problems and setup was a breeze, though the local network tools are still a little obtuse. Overall, a nice step forward for Canonical that shows how Ubuntu can really shine. Good job, y'all. \\:D/ (Hardware)