I'm going to stick to one issue though, so you may benefit from my experience.
What I set out to do was find a way to have a persistent, on-screen notifier for my legal name email. I had recently set it up in a second Gmail account, and I was using the simple trick of having it open in another browser as the current window so that no matter what else I was doing, new mail was indicated by the text in the window picker on the panel.
Natty with the Unity interface has neither a window picker or that sort of panel. What it does have is the Indicator Applets in what almost everyone seems to be calling the systray, and one of those is for email. The indicator applet is defaulted to be hooked to Evolution, but there are ways to have it linked to Thunderbird or other applications, which is a topic for another day. I'll just stick with Evolution and Gmail today. You can set up evolution to use Gmail and I thought this would get me exactly what I wanted.
Setting up Evolution to Work with Gmail
This is a two step process--you have to configure the Gmail settings and the Evolution settings--but it is not difficult. This Ubuntu documentation page gives good instructions including screencaps. It shows a slightly out of date Gmail interface. To access settings you click the gear icon in the upper right corner.
That went swimmingly. And for a lot of people, this works well and the mail indicator will turn blue when you have new mail, and the drop down list will show the count in your inbox. The problem is, that for some people, this just doesn't work. It's a bug, doesn't seem to be limited to Gmail users, or to Pop mail users, and hopefully it will get fixed.
Close Evolution to the Systray
If the indicator applet does work for you, you should be aware that Evolution has to be running for it to function. For many people this is annoying, and what they want is a close to the systray functionality. That is they can close Evolution, but it stays running in the background enough for the indicator applet to still do it's job. You can have this!
Minimize Evolution To Ubuntu System Tray With Patched Evolution Indicator shows you how (and includes a tantalizing screenshot of someone who got it all working with Gmail!). This patch comes in a 10.10 version as well, so if you haven't updated, you can still get this functionality. This involves installing via the Terminal.
Customizing the Indicator Applets - adding gm-notify
If you want to make changes to which indicator applets are in your systray, or if you want to add things to their menus, you can do some of this via Synaptic Package Manager. One of the options is a Gmail notifier that shares the mail indicator applet with Evolution.
To instal this, open Synaptic Package Manager and type indicator into the search box. Down the list, you will find gm-notify. Mark this to be installed. (I took the opportunity to remove indicator-me, the applet that shows your username and contains a bunch of chat settings in the menu. There are some other useful indicators on the list you might like to try.)
Installing this adds a line to the mail indicator menu called Google Mail. Clicking on that heading opens the preferences window, and you can set up your Gmail address and how you want the applet to behave. Once you've done that the indicator should turn blue when you have new email. This time it worked! No bugs at all. Now I have no excuse for not having read my emails.
Earlier this evening I watched an .avi file (saved to hard drive) just fine- sound was normal. Afterwards I restarted into Windows, just like always, and watched a little Netflix (sound was fine) before my connection crapped out (I think I need to update my network card drivers, unrelated) so I restarted back into Ubuntu. And I go to watch another .avi file- and no sound. I go back to the file I watched earlier to see if it's a corrupted file- and that one has no sound now either. I'm not muted, I haven't used headphones or a mic in weeks.
One thing that annoyed me when I upgraded to Natty and gave a try to Unity was the slowness and difficulty to switch between windows. I'm a multitasker, and I like to hop between Firefox, OpenOffice and a game or two.
I got this really neat trick from a French blog:( Cut for length )
I hope you found this trick useful! Let me know if something was unclear :)
Just a few words from my experience so far. If you are not fairly tech-savy and/or bold enough to go exploring, I wouldn't recommend an upgrade just yet. I've had repeated Unity freezes/lockups on my brand spanking-new netbook with 11.04 loaded from a clean install. I am suspecting with all the changes that there were things that slipped. I do expect that those things will be cleaned up as they are discovered and sorted out. There are a lot of people who did a ton of work on this without getting paid a cent, please do not think that I am not absolutely grateful for their hard work, I respect the fact that things are going in a new direction and with a fixed release schedule there is only so much time to do work, so something has to give.
Initial impression: I expected to be disappointed by Unity, having run the 10.10 version on my old netbook for the past six months, I am not disappointed, but I am not blown away either. This feels like a good interface for my netbook, I am just not convinced yet that this is what I want on my desktop.
Anyone else? Experiences? Thoughts?
Anyway, this server kernel package thing did work, so now my laptop sees all my memory, but I'm still wondering about this. In the help forum posts I skimmed the general tenor seemed to be in favor just using 64bit on newer systems that have such processors, and somewhat vehemently too (it was my impression that it was one of the repeat topics everyone is impatient and touchy about?), but then why is the 32bit version still the only recommended one when you download, even in the most recent versions?
Do I just hit the upgrade button on the Update Manager? Do I need to back up everything I haven't gotten around to backing up yet? Am I in danger of losing everything? How does this work?
I upgraded yesterday, and had no Firefox issues as it happens, but one change that is not optional is a move of the window control buttons to the left side.
I found this quick and easy fix that put them back where my mouse hand thinks they should be: Move Ubuntu 10.04 Window Buttons from Left to Right with 1 Command
Can someone tell me in small words if I need to disable pulseaudio and how I would go about doing that?