June 14, 2007

NetworkManager and the Ubuntu Upgrade

Some time back I upgraded hepcat, a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop, from Ubuntu Dapper to Ubuntu Feisty, skipping over the Ubuntu Execrable release. I've been pleased with how Feisty... (read more)

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March 31, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Looks Promising

For the past couple weeks, I've been running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, the version of Ubuntu Linux scheduled for release next month. Actually, I'm running Kubuntu—the flavor with a KDE desktop.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:27 PM to: Linux
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November 26, 2006

More Ubuntu Brokenness: hibernate

I continue to encounter bugs introduced by the Ubuntu Linux Edgy release. My media computer used to hibernate and resume fine with Dapper. It's been broken ever since the Edgy... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:17 AM to: Linux
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November 21, 2006

More Ubuntu Brokenness: kdepim

I'm beginning to think I need to create a new blog category called "Ubuntu Edgy Brokenness". I continue finding functional defects that just shouldn't persist in post-beta software. You may... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:06 PM to: Linux
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November 20, 2006

Ubuntu Edgy Eft: More Upgrade Unhappines

I recently reported my unhappy experience upgrading my main workstation from Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake to 6.10 Edgy Eft. There have been an awful lot of reports of difficulties with... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:13 PM to: Linux
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October 28, 2006

Ubuntu Edgy Eft: Love the Release, Hate the Upgrade

I upgraded chinacat to Ubuntu Linux Edgy Eft (version 6.10) tonight. The upgrade did not go smoothly.I had to rerun apt-get and aptitude many times to get it to run... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:08 AM to: Linux
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October 04, 2006

Ubuntu Upgrade Trounces Nvidia Video

After my last Ubuntu Linux (Dapper Drake 6.06) kernel upgrade, the Nvidia graphic display stopped working. When the system booted I wouldn't get a graphic login. If I went to... (read more)

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July 18, 2006

Lost without a Sync

About two weeks ago I upgraded chinacat (my Athlon 64 1.8GHz workstation) from Ubuntu Linux 5.10 (Hoary Hedgehog) to 6.06 (Dapper Drake). The upgrade has been excellent, except for one... (read more)

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May 27, 2006

Update on Home Media PC

I built a home media PC last October using an Asus Pundit-R "booksize" computer and Ubuntu Linux. You can read about the saga in my home media PC category. Where... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:50 AM to: Home Media PC, Linux
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January 05, 2006

How the Koobox Home Linux System Stacks Up

I recently saw an article about a low-cost computer system with Linux pre-installed called the Koobox. The entry-level system, called the "Essential Koobox", looks ideal for home usage. I thought... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:00 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 15, 2005

Installfest: Towards Mainstream User Acceptance

For the past few days, I've been writing about my experience planning and running a Linux installfest at the recent Austin Free-Net computer sale. The Linux installfest idea has been... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:21 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 13, 2005

Installfest: A Post-Install Procedure for Ubuntu Linux

For the past few days, I've been writing about my experience planning and running a Linux installfest at the recent Austin Free-Net computer sale. I discussed the evaluation that led... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:55 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 12, 2005

Installfest: What's so Good (and not so Good) about the Ubuntu Installer?

Last Saturday, the Austin Free-Net held a fundraising computer garage sale. I helped run the "Linux installfest" table. I've already written about how we selected Ubuntu Linux as the Linux... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:45 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 11, 2005

Installfest: Report from the Event

Yesterday, the Austin Free-Net held a fundraising computer garage sale. I helped run the "Linux installfest" table. Yesterday, I wrote about how we selected Ubuntu Linux as the Linux distribution... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:00 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 10, 2005

Installfest: Choosing a Linux Distro

The Austin Free-Net is having a fundraising tech garage sale today. They have been collecting used computer and electronic equipment, and today it all will be sold off. I'll be... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:22 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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November 27, 2005

Linux Media PC, a Month Later

It's hard to believe that it's been over a month since I built my Linux based home media PC. My entire CD collection (about 250 discs) has been digitized, and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:08 AM to: Home Media PC, Linux
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November 26, 2005

Ubuntu 5.10 Upgrade: Well *That* was Boring

I continue to be impressed by the packaging and polish of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. A post on the Austin Linux Group mailing list reminded me that I'd never gotten... (read more)

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October 22, 2005

Setting up Function Keys for a Linux Media PC

I am using a Dell wireless keyboard for the home media PC that I am building. After so many difficulties setting up the system, it's nice to report a small... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:57 PM to: Home Media PC, Linux
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October 11, 2005

ASUS Pundit-R + Ubuntu Linux = Media PC

FedEx delivered the parts for my new media PC today. It took a few hours time (and an unplanned run to Fry's Electronics) to put it together, but now I'm... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:08 AM to: Home Media PC, Linux
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October 09, 2005

Linksys WRT54G: An Open Network Gateway

For years, I've used an old PC running Linux or BSD as my network gateway at home. I was, however, getting seriously tired of the space and the noise—particularly the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:38 PM to: Linux
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October 07, 2005

Linux CD Ripping Performance: Surprising Results

Next week, I'm building a Linux-based media PC. I've been doing some research and planning. The first goal is to setup a digital music library. I started my research at... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:46 PM to: Home Media PC, Linux
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July 25, 2005

nsupdate Bad for Embedded Applications

Last month, I switched my network gateway from a cast-off PC running Linux to a Linksys WRT54G router—also running Linux. Yes, these devices actually run Linux. I'm using the OpenWRT... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:46 PM to: Linux, Technology
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July 13, 2005

Configuring Alps Touchpad under Ubuntu Linux

The Alps Glidepoint touchpad on hepcat, my Dell Inspiron 600m laptop, worked as a basic two-button mouse under Ubuntu Linux. It even recognized touchpad taps, which is better than I... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:39 PM to: Linux
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July 11, 2005

A Week of Ubuntu Linux

For about a week, I've been running Ubuntu Linux on both my workstation and my laptop. The good news is the systems have been totally stable. The bad news is... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:58 AM to: Linux
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July 03, 2005

Ubuntu on Workstation: What the Doctor Ordered

The plan was to run Ubuntu Linux on my laptop for a week or two, give it a good test drive, and verify its stability before converting chinacat, my main... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:58 AM to: Linux
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June 30, 2005

Ubuntu on Laptop: It Just Works

Oh. My. Goodness. Over the months, I've written so many blog entries about my struggles to get hepcat (a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop) running with Fedora Core Linux. This evening... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:54 AM to: Linux
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June 29, 2005

Fedora Core 4: Worst Upgrade Ever

Fedora Core 4 is the worst software upgrade I have ever encountered. I installed it on both my laptop and desktop systems, and now I am in hell. I guess... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:00 AM to: Linux
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May 10, 2005

Free Laptop

I'm giving away my old Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop to a good home. Or even a crummy home, if you can find something good to do with it. It's a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:45 PM to: Linux
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April 12, 2005

Final Adventures of Fedora Core 3 Linux on an Inspiron 600m Laptop

Earlier this month, I wrote about the difficulties getting Fedora Core 3 Linux running on a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop. I found two problems: laptop sleep/suspend was non-functional, and I... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:29 PM to: Linux
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April 03, 2005

Further Adventures of Fedora Core 3 Linux on an Inspiron 600m Laptop

A month ago I wrote about my efforts to set up Fedora Core 3 Linux on a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop. I found that most things worked great—with a few... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:13 PM to: Linux
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March 12, 2005

Fedora Core 3 Linux on a Dell Inspiron 600m

This week I retired my trusty Inspiron 7000 laptop. The replacement is hepcat, a Dell 600m. I am running Fedora Core 3 Linux on it. I am having major difficulty... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:00 PM to: Linux
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December 26, 2004

Building mplayer for FC3 Linux x86_64

Yesterday, I built a version of the mplayer video player to run under Fedora Core 3 Linux, x86_64 (64-bit) architecture. I would have preferred to download a binary from the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:22 AM to: Linux
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November 13, 2004

Declaring the Migration a Failure

I recently wrote about my experience using the Fedora Linux upgrade option to migrate from i386 to x86_64 architecture. I am officially declaring the effort a failure. Before I began,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:11 PM to: Linux
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November 12, 2004

Notes on Migrating to Fedora Core x86_64

My Linux workstation is an AMD Athalon64 system that was running Fedora Core 2 for i386. Now that Fedora Core 3 is out, I thought I'd migrate the system from... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:54 AM to: Linux
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