Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot on the desktop – my thoughts (and it’s not good)

So Ubuntu 11.10, aka Oneiric Ocelot has been out for a short while now and so far it has been nothing but pain for people upgrading from an earlier release. Not only are the bugs racking up (and some are showstoppers like my post regarding the “Waiting for network configuration” shows, but the move to Unity seems disastrous and is losing people’s allegiance to the once admired desktop Linux of choice for many.
Has Ubuntu lost its way here? Ubuntu’s parental backers, Canonical, are concentrating their efforts on their Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure project and Ubuntu 11.10 on a server is great, even bringing with it an easier way to get OpenStack installed.
For me, Unity is a mistake. It made sense on my netbook, does it make sense on a touchscreen maybe, but it doesn’t make sense on my desktop. Integration with even the most basic apps are causing problems (Gvim anyone? Empathy?), its sluggish (Gwibber status updates take..an..age..to..input..).

Overall I’ve lost my faith in Ubuntu on the desktop, which is a shame as it was on the way to make adoption to an Open Source desktop possible.


Upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 problem: Waiting for network configuration then black screen solution

Have you just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and now getting the “Waiting for network configuration” message followed by “Waiting up to 60 seconds more for network”? This then might be accompanied by a black blank screen.

[update] I’ve updated this post to reflect the copy step mentioned in the bug post below is surplus as /run is mounted tmpfs – the refined steps are below. The fix is removing the old /var/run and /var/lock then pointing those old locations to /run and /run/lock respectively. I’m suspecting this bug only comes about after an upgrade from your existing session (e.g. apt-get dist-upgrade) where it must have trouble removing these directories because existing services have files needed in there.

[update 8th March 2012] Ubuntu 12.04 is just around the corner. I strongly advise you resist upgrading to 11.10 at this stage when 12.04 is to be released next month.

The bug is here (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sysvinit/+bug/858122) and the fix is based on this: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/dbus/+bug/811441/comments/24 :

  1. Hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 at the blank screen to get you to a non-X terminal (tty1)
  2. Login in with your username and password
  3. Change to root with: sudo -i and enter your password
  4. mkdir -p /run /run/lock
  5. rm -rf /var/run /var/lock
  6. ln -s /run /var
  7. ln -s /run/lock /var
  8. reboot

You should have 11.10 back again.