So far, I've discovered that sound is broken (nothing will play) and Totem, because of the sound problem, will not play back any video. VLC works fine in its place. Everything else works as near as I can tell, especially Compiz. Rhea has the nVidia 7600GS video card, and the restricted drivers provided by Ubuntu work flawlessly with Compiz providing a smooth and satisfying experience.
As an experiment I booted rhea with the Ubuntu 8.04 beta live cd, and sound works. So something during the upgrade farkled up the sound. I have a number of choices at this point:
- Live with it and hope that future upgrades magically fix the sound problem without breaking anything else.
- Do a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.04 beta and then accept the upgrades up until release.
- Re-install Ubuntu 7.10 yet again, gaining further experience in that arena.
- Accept greater risk and install openSUSE 11 alpha 3, thus moving back to the Dark Side.