The upgrade of my desktop from Ubuntu Linux “Feisty Fawn” to “Gutsy Gibbon” was moderately sucky. Aside from some odd package dependency issues that I had to resolve forcefully, the upgrade messed up my X server configuration, resulting in an unusable desktop. After some fiddling and some searching, the culprit turned out to be the xserver-xgl package, which doesn’t work with my ATI graphics chipset. ATI’s poor Linux support is hardly an excuse for leaving the user’s system in a worse state than it was before. As long as basic upgrade procedures can lead to such results, we can’t seriously hope to make inroads on the desktop.