Andrey (azangru) wrote,
Andrey
azangru

So I upgraded to Ubuntu 17.04 some time in mid-April, and it turned out to be the best release for my laptop. Partly it’s because of the new kernel (version 4.10); partly it’s because Ubuntu (or was it Gnome?) finally fixed the network applet indicator, and now it correctly shows that I am connected to the wi-fi network. Unity feels even faster. It feels it has reached its peak performance, so it’s a bit sad they are going to kill it by the 18.04 release (and move over to Gnome Shell).

There were a couple of annoyances with this release though. The first one was that the service responsible for connection with the DNS server (was it systemd-resolved?) would randomly just glitch out, and the computer would briefly become incapable of resolving human-readable internet addresses. Thankfully, within the first week of the release, there came an update that fixed that particular issue.

Another annoyance (which could be regarded as a hidden benefit) was that I couldn’t play Dota2 any longer — whenever I tried, an error appeared that said: "Required OpenGL extension 'GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc' is not supported. Please update your OpenGL driver." Well, luckily (or unluckily) I found a solution a couple of days ago — there’s an extra package that needed to be installed, as outlined here:

https://askubuntu.com/questions/909004/dota-2-error-in-ubuntu-17-04-required-opengl-extension-gl-ext-texture-compress

Funnily enough, the installation of that random library deleted my Steam client. Which I then had to reinstall. But that was it; there were no other unwelcome surprises. And after that library has been added, Dota2 started without any problems.

So I spent most of today playing.

Such fun!

And now I am completely happy with the 17.04 release!
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