Just a few months ago, I decided that I would install a linux operating system in my notebook, though being a Windows fan. So I decided that I can directly jump to the latest version of Ubuntu, Jaunty Jackalope, version 9.04. It was just released, and many reviews said it was a good one. I actually installed Ubuntu 8.10, but it was very problematic in my system, for it does not boot unless I hold on to some keys on my keyboard. I don’t know why it happens, but maybe the version of Ubuntu is not fully compatible with the AMD Turion processor that my notebook has.
So I made a USB startup disk of Ubuntu 9.04 (as my DVD-drive is not functional….:)), and installed it straight away, the file-system being ext4. Okay, the installation process was pretty fast, and the boot up time was fast indeed. And, yes, it is partly compatible with my AMD processor, although it would show the same problem if I don’t connect it to a power source.
So days went by, and I was happy with the ubuntu. But then, I started toying with my system. I formatted the partition with windows vista pre-installed, and put some of that space to my ubuntu partition (using GParted). And after that, it gave me sleepless nights. My ubuntu started behaving oddly, and the windows 7 that I’d installed earlier could not be booted, because it had written into the vista boot-loader, which was gone forever. So I was stuck with the ubuntu, and the problems never stopped popping up.
It was becoming a real headache using the ubuntu, cuz some problem or the other used to arise. Every time it takes a while to load processes, like system monitor, firefox and all, and the worst part is that these applications began to crash after some time. I tried to reload the gdm, but even the console began to show some errors, something that it cannot read from disk sector due to I/O error. Finally it came to a grand halt, not able to boot into the ubuntu at all, showing some DRDY error. I checked the BIOS hard-disk check, and it showed – “Replace hard-disk”. I tried live-cd through USB, and even that could not load. Eventually I decided to replace the hard-disk, and installed ubuntu 9.04 again.
Now, a month after that incident, the problems seem to creep up again. Just this morning, the firefox crashed, I was not able to load the system monitor, the processor working more on I/O operations, and not able to login into my user in the console. So now I really doubt whether the Ubuntu 9.04 is stable, even the computer professionals at my university suggested to install some other version of the ubuntu, that version 9.04 is very unstable, that they experienced similar problems during usage.
But I’m quite prepared for it this time, as I’ve installed ubuntu 8.10 and windows 7 just in case. I really doubt whether it caused my old hard disk to fail, as I now can access the data in it through external case and USB. So, I think though it has some pluses, it is still not recommended to install it in your system, be safe with the older and tested versions of Ubuntu.
Oh, by the way, here are some of my notebook’s specs…
HP Pavilion dv6602au
AMD Turion 64bit dual core processor (1.9MHz)
Samsung 160GB Hard-drive (Old one – WD 160GB)
NVIDIA GeForce 7150M/nForce 630M