Saturday, 29 September 2012
Ubuntu 12.10 - Migrating Early
12.04 works okay -ish on the old hardware of the Compaq laptop (although some of the bugs have begun to appear on that lately). 12.04 works mostly fine on the Mini-10 Netbook (occassionally Nautilus falls over). It just doesn't work on the Dell.
Last evening Firefox and Truecrypt, previously unshakeable in the same version I am running now, randomly stopped. Mid-write. I am sure Nautilus isn't helping - that's randomly but frequently crashed since Day One (along with GIMP, colord, Compiz and a string of other programs since, including Samba's smbd).
I had already decided to migrate to the 12.10 Beta, and am trying to back up data. So a Truecrypt/Nautilus write-failure is not a welcome development. My Truecrypt volume is a 12GB file and I keep getting write failures in the midst of copying data to and from. All data operations I have done before, pre-, mid- and post- upgrades since Ubuntu 6.04.
What's the root cause? I don't know. I am now avoiding Truecrypt and Firefox running simultaneously for fear of another train wreck - I am having to restore a backup of the Truecrypt volume that has been flipped into read-only and nothing I can Google to fix it works. This is not good.
Somehow the 12.04 release that should have been a safe, reliable one has turned out to be a dud. Roll on 12.10. I'm going to upgrade early to Beta-2 version, 12.04 has been that bad. RC