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Why You Should Not Upgrade to Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (9.04)

· by Shantanu Goel · Read in about 2 min · (219 Words)
3D support ATi ATi Catalyst fglrx graphics card Jaunty Jackalop Linux linux graphics drivers ubuntu Ubuntu 9.04 X.org X.org server 1.6

**Update: It has come to my notice that many people do not know about this (and other problems listed in comments of this post). Please digg** and [reddit**](http://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/8hzkt/why_you_should_not_upgrade_to_ubuntu_jaunty/) this post so that more people can be made aware of it before they upgrade unknowingly.**

You should not upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 (aka Jaunty Jackalope), released a few weeks ago, if:

  1. You have an older ATI graphics card (prior to R500, .e.g xpress 200m)

  2. You like to have 3D support (read compiz/games, etc)

This is because of the following reasons:

  • Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope has the new version of X.org server (1.6)

  • The open source graphics drivers for ATI do not have 3D support

  • The only version of the ATI properietary drivers (fglrx\Catalyst) compatible with X.org server 1.6 is 9.4

  • Support for older cards (mentioned above) was dropped from fglrx 9.4

So, basically right now you are in a soup and it seems to me that this is going to remain this way unless someone figures out how to backport x.org 1.5 onto Jauntu, which is going to be a hell of a task, IMHO :P

But, if you are a simple person, who looks beyond the gloss of the 3D and marvels at the beauty that the rest of the system holds, then go right ahead and dive in :)

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