I have not enough knowledge to understand the technical issues dealt with/improved/etc..which will come into force with Lucid Lynx.
Could you, without being too "technical", please explain whether, for a "simple end-user" as i am one, it will bring real benefits to switch from 9.10 to 10.04 and if it will be an easy or difficult task?
I understand everything is moving fast befeore Aptil 29, but I suppose that the main differences are already known, aren't they?
I mean by my question: now my N510 works quite well, thanks all your efforts with the FN/Fx problems solved, the backlight issues (which ended, at least for the N510 with upgrading to a non-buggy BIOS) and the Samsung Tools.
So have have you any idea of the complexity/risks involved: I have a dual boot WinXP /Ubuntu 9.10, and my HDD has so three partitions, the third being the "Data common" (readable from Ubuntu OS, of from WinXP OS-which I quite never use), not forgetting the swap one, which is the fourth:Will the partitions keep the same extension naming standard.?
What about the WIFI install (at the moment ndiswrapper + WinXP pilot for Realtek 8192E).
I would not like to "restart from scratch" my install for some or all the items on which I (well in fact you..) spent much time to get to work, if it were only to get in the end new grub/splash screen designs, or gain 4 seconds at boottime, or get a new purple screencolor.
Please note this is not at all a criticism about the new Ubuntu release,I am reallysure that the modifications decided for the upgrade have all good reasons (efficiency, reliability, maintenability,having solutions working for the maximum of hardwre configs. and so on...)
I would just like to get an "authorized" advice about the ""energy" needed to switch to 10.04 and have the N510 working as it is with 9.10 ..or better.
Anyway I won't be the first to "wipe the fresh plasters" (that's a french expression).
I do not need at all a quick answer, but as you know Ubuntu so well, and solved so many specific problems raised by users on this forum, I'm pretty sure you can give a very wise advice on that matter, which would help a lot.
Thank you in advance and congratulations again for the great job you did so far for the community.
PS: last added sentence in Launchpad translated.
Oops, sorry for the late answer, I totally forgot your post. Apologies.
Well, the benefits of the switch to the new version are relative to your needs.
The new ubuntu will bring newer software resulting in a lot of bug fixes and enhancements all around the system, as it's always been with any new version in the past.
Now the question is: are you happy with your current system, do you have anything you need?
If the answer is yes, then your best option is probably to stick with the current version.
However, the upgrade process is usually a very easy task. Theorically, if an old ubuntu version works good after some manual tuning, a newer one should work equally good if not better with less manual tuning, since newer software implies a lot of old problems definitely fixed. Also, the new ubuntu 10.04 is a LTS release, ie it will have more support than normal releases. Concerning your wireless concerns, if I'm not wrong the needed module which I provided in the 'samsung-wireless' package for karmic is now included directly in the kernel (I'm not really sure, in any case if needed I'll provide a 'samsung-wireless' package for lucid too). So, don't worry too much about it.
Now It's up to you to consider ups and downs and do your choice.
If you want my personal advice, stick with the current ubuntu until you "feel ready" to do the upgrade. In other words, wait and let the others to "wipe the fresh plasters", then look at their results and consider the upgrade.