The devs have really done something, the new Jockey looks twice as better than the one in Hardy! There's a more profound "Activate" button, a description of each hardware, and the source for the driver! And of course, the support for automatic driver download for printers, when necessary (though I don't have a printer and can't demonstrate that now.) There's also a "Tested by the Ubuntu developers" for reliability and a "License" for all those curious. Nonetheless, it's still bad at offline managing. (Not saying that manual DEB installs won't work. But from my experiences, after I installed the package b43-fwcutter (a driver for my Broadcom wireless card), Jockey tried over and over to download it from the Internet, but wouldn't let me manually extract the wl_apasta.o file locally.)
For those who would like to try out the new Jockey in 8.04, run these commands in the Terminal:
- sudo aptitude remove jockey-gtk jockey-qt
- wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/x/x-kit/python-xkit_0.3.6_all.deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-common_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-gtk_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
- sudo dpkg -i python-xkit_0.3.6_all.deb jockey-common_05~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb jockey-gtk_05~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
- If you run KDE (after running above instructions): wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-kde_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb && sudo dpkg -i jockey-kde_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
- 10/03/08: Added new version of Jockey to the install instructions for Hardy; it has lots and lots of changes.
- 10/06/08: Another update for Jockey. And also fixed the error in the DEB install step. Updated screenshot with correct default theme and the new version that comes with new icons. But seriously, the new icons suck. They should have just stuck to drawing the theme from the default system icon theme. It looks so unintegrated now.
- 10/13/08: Another and another release. Updated install instructions for 8.04.
- 10/14/08: Wow, one more. I keep messing up the install instructions. Fixed now.
- 10/16/08: Will it ever stop? Beta 3 got in.
- 10/17/08: I'm literally on the verge of tearing my hair out. After weeks of indevelopment, Jockey is suddenly sprinting up and releasing new versions every two days. Beta 3 Ubuntu 2.
- 10/18/08: No comment. Beta 3 Ubuntu 3.
- 10/24/08: Progress slowing. Beta 3 Ubuntu 4.