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Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala screenshot…

I have taken a long and winding road since my last post, but have landed (for now) with Kubuntu 9.10. I had worked through the pain of setting up Arch Linux with KDEmod repositories and all, but could not seem to get past a dysfunctional Akonadi server, which would pester me every time I wanted to open Kmail or Korganizer or Kontact. So now, all is working very nicely with Kubuntu Karmic.

I did have an issue with installation… the live CD installation would stop every time with “scanning disks” at 47%, and simply would not proceed. I got around that by downloading the Alternate Install CD.

Here is a screenshot:

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Kubuntu 9.10 screenshot using "Elegance" plasma theme and Quicklauncher taskbar widget

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Arch Linux Report Card

As I mentioned in a previous post, I trashed my Arch Linux installation in the process of reinstalling Windows Vista (it’s a long story… read it if you like.) Anyway, prior to that event, I had been fairly happy with Arch. Here is a report card I wrote prior to “losing it”:

“I’ve used Kubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, but was irked by all the bloat, as well as the need to wait for the next “Intrepid Ibex” or whatever. I looked for a trim distro that had up to date KDE 4.1 and rolling release.

I would warn off anyone who is afraid of command line, or who hasn’t done a few Linux installations: this install is not for the faint of heart. You will not do this installation without a considerable amount of reading, learning, and a hiccup or two along the way. If you do not have a second machine available to browse the beginner’s guide during the installation, BE SURE to print it out! It is 45 to 60 pages, depending on how you set your margins, text size, etc. Yes you need it!

I’m quite pleased with the results. After a week or so of messing around, I’ve created a very attractive and functional desktop, with access to cutting edge versions of nearly all the applications I have been accustomed to using: OpenOffice, Gimp, Blender, Firefox, Flashplayer 10 beta, Dolphin file manager, Kmail, etc.

Shaman is a capable replacement for Synaptic, although I despise the name. In addition to pacman there is yaourt, a command line tool which also gives access to Arch Linux’s AUR (Arch User Repository, I think), providing a somewhat automated package building process for a wider range of packages than are available through the normal arch repositories. This is where I had to go for Bibletime and Sword packages.

Nice job, Arch Linux!”

I still feel the same about Arch, I’m just not willing to go through the pain of setting it all up again. The incredible thing about it was that after installing just about everything I needed, I still had less than 700 packages installed. Compare that to my former Kubuntu 8.04 installation at about 1400, or my current Mepis 8 installation with 1043.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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We interrupt this program…

All-righty, then! I was all set to tell you about how I was getting along with Arch Linux… until something went wrong with my ethernet card. It took a while to narrow it down to a hardware issue… I was convinced for a day or so that I’d messed something up with my Arch network settings. I borrowed my daughter’s XP laptop to determine that it was not a router issue. I tried several different Linux live cd’s on my machine, and they all had the same problem, so that told me that it was likely a hardware issue, but I wasn’t 100% convinced until… I reinstalled Windows Vista, and even it could not get through.

Reinstalling Vista, of course, wiped out my Arch installation. (Yes, I had backed up my /home directory.) I wound up buying another ethernet card at Wal-Mart (not too many other places open 24 hours, you know!) After that card proved to be too ancient (my first clue was the floppy disk in the box! It’s been 4 years since I had a machine with a floppy drive!), and failing to find Vista drivers for the new card, I returned it and bought another card at a local computer geek shop, which Vista recognized immediately.

The end of the sad story is that I used Vista to download Mepis 8 beta-2 (64-bit), and I am in the process of re-creating my desktop. My only disappointment is that it is KDE 3.5, but I guess I can deal with that for now. I know they have KDE 4 in their repositories, but I think I’ll save that for a while.

Check back for my review of Mepis 8… so far so good!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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