Thursday, October 18, 2012
Lubuntu 12.10 final is here
I will be sure to note any install differences compared to 12.04 and update the Lubuntu install guide as needed. At this point I don't recommend anyone replace a healthy daily use 12.04 install quite yet. Anyone with a spare system or drive would be wise to use that first. Although this is a final keep in mind that the PowerPC builds are community supported rather than officially so fixes take a bit longer. At this stage 12.10 is still for those that like being part of finding and reporting bugs. The more that do this the faster it will be tip top.
Alternate install image (Debian installer)
Please report any findings here whether they be good or bad and send all bug reports if promoted to help the developers know what needs to be fixed. The more we all know the better everything will be.
Linux newbie? Don't want the bleeding edge?
For those that are tackling Linux for the first time and those that just want as smooth an experience as possible I recommend using 12.04 for now. Learn something reliable first while the kinks in this early 12.10 PowerPC build get worked out. 12.04.1 (after updates) has almost all the issues worked out and will give you a much smoother experience at this point. It was released in April this year so it certainly isn't outdated. It's fully supported and there are frequent updates. Firefox 16.01 also.
You can download the 12.04 ISO here and you can also refer to my Lubuntu install guide for help in getting everything installed and setup.
Thanks to Keith in comments I was reminded of the simple frame buffer solution for Radeon GPU. I have confirmed this to work for both updating a 12.04 install to 12.10 and also doing a fresh install of 12.10.
To boot the desktop image and install with Radeon GPU do the following.
Boot the 12.10 ISO and at the yaboot screen type:
Change the 1024x768 to your screens default res if it is not that. 32 refers to the colour depth and 60 refers to the screen refresh rate. For best results confirm what all these are for the display in question.
To confirm your GPU if you're unsure type: 'lspci | grep -i vga'
For people with Nvidia GPU the process is much more in depth. Please refer to the info at this link. You will need the Alt. install image rather than the desktop.
I am toying with an updated 12.10 install now. Everything seems good overall. The only issue so far was the LXPanel crashed once but relaunched right away. The GUI is altered a bit and made a little prettier for those that like that sort of stuff. Here is a screen of it running on my 400 MHz Sawtooth.