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Old 20. Oct 2016, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Installed Xubuntu 16.04.1 on a desktop and a laptop, both dual-booting Windows 10.

Basically the distro looks good but with some issues.

1. Internet connection

On the pc connecting to the internet via Ethernet, it needs the following command to fix the Internet connection issue:

sudo apt-get install r8168-dkms

2. Mouse pointer disappears after waking up from a locked screen

This happens to the laptop but works okay on the desktop. Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 then Ctrl-Alt-F7 brings back the mouse pointer.
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Old 20. Oct 2016, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Installing an app by clicking the download button on the Ubuntu Apps Directory (such as this) doesn't work well with the distro's Software Manager.

This is fixed by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install apturl
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Old 20. Oct 2016, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Xubuntu shows the clock time differently from Winodows 10. Adjusting the time in one system affects the other.

After some research, it turns out that Xubuntu reads the hardware clock (real time clock or RTC) in universal time (UTC); and Windows 10 reads RTC in local time.

Setting Xubuntu to read RTC in local time solved the problem by entering the following command in the terminal:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock

To check if your Xubuntu or Ubuntu system (15.04 or later) is interpreting RTC as UTC or as local time:

timedatectl
  • "RTC in local TZ: no" means the hardware clock is interpreted as UTC (Xubuntu's default, conflicting with Windows 10 )
  • "RTC in local TZ: yes" means the hardware clock is interpreted as local time
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Pity really because 14.04 was such a solid release. It seems anything based on the latest LTS has some pretty undesirable issues which is why a lot of folks are moving elsewhere, mainly to Debian.
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Old 21. Oct 2016, 02:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus is meant to be the rock-solid LTS, beautiful and elegant and majestic. It is none of that. There are so many bugs and problems it really turns me off the whole Linux thing... because people can't be bothered to invest time in proper QA rather than pointless, arbitrary release dates and silly changes that serve no purpose.
It is only rated 3/10 by Dedoimedo in his review here.

Maybe it has to follow Windows' path whereby 10 is the last version.

No more new version, no more degradation, any new patches will just improve what you've already had.
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Old 21. Oct 2016, 03:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Now experiencing another issue: cannot shut down Xubuntu 16.04 on the laptop though it works fine on the desktop.

Noticed that the same issue has also happened to other users of Xubuntu / Ubuntu as reported here, here, here and here.

Yet to find a solution. Reinforced my believe that a new version is not always better than the old version; "Upgrading" to a new version is actually "Downgrading"
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Old 21. Oct 2016, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The Network Connections settings in Xubuntu allows you to create a hotspot on the PC but it doesn't seem to work, while the hotspot in Windows 10 works fine on the same PC.


After creating a Wifi hotspot and trying to connect, it always gives you this error message:
"Connection ____ is not available on the device ____ at this time."
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