Xubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver on Lenovo Thinkpad T430s

  • 9 February 2018
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Xubuntu 18.04 with one of the alternate wallpapers

The release date for Xubuntu 18.04 is only a couple of months away, but if you're intrepid enough you can download and test it now. I downloaded it and installed it on my Lenovo Thinkpad T430s notebook. Here's what worked and what was out of wack.

I installed from DVD since the only large USB key I had sitting around is a key I didn't want to alter. I booted into the live environment, it took a bit to load from DVD even though the processor in the T430s is an i7-3520M (mobile). As the desktop was loading the screen darkened and stayed dark even when Xubuntu had fully loaded. I bumped up the brightness using + but the default background in 18.04 is grey, so it looked a bit bland.

Once the desktop loaded a crash report immediately popped-up. I ignored the report, connected to our wireless access point, and clicked on the install icon. The installation proceeded as most installations do - rather uneventful! When the installation was done I rebooted to similar problems exhibited by the live DVD, a darkened screen and a crash report. Again I bumped up the brightness. One other bit of weirdness was that not one but two Network Manager icons appear in the launcher bar. The crash report I mentioned earlier indicated that the crash could be fixed by updating packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

After running the two upgrade commands above I rebooted and all the issues seemed to be resolve themselves. The one thing that drove me a bit nuts was the grey background, it just didn't look great. While there were a number of beautiful backgrounds in Xubuntu 18.04 I chose a fairly plain, but bright and simple background.

Crashes are to be expected when you're running experimental software, but after updating Xubuntu seemed to behave pretty well on my T430s. Although I love Xubuntu, the default installation is missing some software I use pretty regularly:

sudo apt install gimp inkscape vlc k3b

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is really handy for manipulating most kinds of bitmap images. Inkscape is a vector graphics program used for creating and modifying .SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and other types of vector graphics images. VLC is a media player that's also handy for playing Internet Radio Streams and capturing desktop streaming.

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