A shaky start for Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop

Whereas I have been running Lucid since beta1 on my laptop without too many issues, my desktop PC doesn’t get upgraded until release day.

After eventually managing to download the ISO, loading 5 different email backups to find my Nero key and waiting half an hour for the Lightscribe to burn onto the CD I finally got to boot the live CD….

Flashing cursor…
Power saver mode…
[2 minutes go by]
Screen powers on…
Strange Windows 7 blockiness (presumably something left in the video memory)…
[Another minute goes by]
Desktop, finally.

Install goes smoothly, nice to see the migration wizard is disabled by default and has clear options, should you choose to use it.

Try to reboot and machine hangs with just the desktop background.

Reset, restart…
The infamous flashing cursor…
Login screen…

I attempt to login and get a popup about power saving not working do I still want to logout? Odd… No I want to login really 🙂

Click continue, it goes away, finally get to the desktop.

One thing is immediately clear, Plymouth = EPIC FAIL.
So far it doesn’t work on Intel or Nvidia hardware, 2 of the 3 post popular video chip manufacturers!
I guess this is what happens when you name something after a scummy little city hidden away in the south west of England…

Testing continues…

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