The good stuff aside, I had a number of problems with this release. Fiesty Fawn was supposed to make multimedia easier. Strangely enough I ran into some difficulties with multimedia, as well as with some of the other new features. Here's a list in no particular order:
1. Firefox does not have Flash installed by default. This strikes me as odd since so much multimedia content uses Flash. Shouldn't it be installed by default? Why should the users have to install it themselves?
2. My Nvidia drivers were not installed by default. Initially my desktop resolution was only 1024 x 768. I was able to download the drivers easy from the Add/Remove tool but, given that my video card has been around for ages, Ubuntu should be able to install the drivers automatically for me.
After installation and a reboot, the Nvidia drivers still weren't working: I could not change the screen resolution to anything higher than 1024 x 768. At that point, I gave up. Yes, I know that you can edit config files, etc. to get them working, but frankly I don't care. I have no desire to spend my time trying to fix something that should simply work.
Remember that this version of Ubuntu is supposed to be a desktop version. Who wants to fart around with video drivers in this day and age? I know some people will not like hearing this, but this problem turned me off to this release of Ubuntu.
Compare this problem with Ubuntu with Windows Vista which easily detected my video card and installed the Nvidia drivers so I was able to access a higher resolution right away (though I did have to change the resolution myself). I loathe Vista on a number of levels, but in this situation, it beat Ubuntu by a mile.
3. When I popped a DVD into my computer, Ubuntu did try to search for the appropriate codec. However, I was not able to get the DVD to play.
4. The Windows Migration Tool did not detect my Windows Vista installation and account settings. So no import was done for that information into Ubuntu Linux. I shed no tears about this as I rarely use Windows these days anyway but it would have been nice if it worked. Continued...