Skip to contentSkip to author details


A 3-post collection

Day three with Ubuntu

Written by Michael Earls
 Linux  ubuntu

I’ve spent another day with Ubuntu. That’s not really the important fact, though. What’s important is that my wife has spent a few hours with it. Aside from being totally incompatible with our wireless print server, she liked it. “It’s like Windows [Office] was before it got all complicated”, she said when I asked her how she liked it. Her primary purposes for using it today were to create an Office document and browse the web. Both went well. To print, she had to insert a USB disk into the computer, save to that, then tote (verb) the USB disk upstairs to open it in Word.

Ok, so the honeymoon is over, it’s not a practical desktop OS for our setup, but then we’ve got four computers in the house — three on Vista, and one on Ubuntu, a wireless print server, two wireless routers, and a hub — hardly a practical setup. If the printer was hooked up directly to the laptop, then I don’t think that printing would be an issue…but it isn’t, so it is.

Aside from that, it loaded the USB disk contents correctly, saved the documents in Word format correctly, and did it all without a single complaint or configuration file change. I’ve had trouble getting USB drives to work on Vista before, so I expected the worst. I was pleasantly surprised.

So, Ubuntu has passed the WAF test and I’ve been given permission to keep it on the laptop. 😉

Catching the Linux Bug

Written by Michael Earls
 firefox  Linux  ubuntu

I recently decided to toy around with Linux. I chose the Ubuntu version as it’s what I’ve heard the most about lately. It installed perfectly and everything has gone well.

I’m not having much trouble with Firefox, though I didn’t like the default behavior of the backspace key. I expected it to go to the last page in the history, but it scrolled instead. It turns out that it was a simple configuration issue with Firefox. Now it works exactly as I’m accustomed to.

I’ve not yet gotten used to the idea that many of the apps have to be compiled to be used, but I suppose I’ll have to learn more about it. That’s an exciting prospect.

I’m having difficulty getting the Mono Develop .NET IDE installed as it tells me I need a certain version of Mono. I’ve got a greater version of Mono installed so I’m guessing that’s the problem. Hopefully, I can get that worked out soon as I’d like to goof around with .NET on Linux.

All in all, my experience with Linux has been incredibly pleasant, a far cry from my last tangle with it back in 2001. I never did get the GUI to work, but I was using it as a web server and a firewall, so it worked fine without it. Linux has come a long way since then. I’m impressed.

package management != compile in Linux

Written by Michael Earls
 Linux  ubuntu

As ubuntucat pointed out in my last post (quite kindly I might add), package management is not the same thing as compilation. While there are projects out there that require compiling before use, it is now my understanding that the majority of the applications for Ubuntu are handled via package management.

In this entry, she describes how to manage packages in Ubuntu using the Add/Remove feature as well as the advanced Synaptic Package Manager.

Thanks ubuntucat!

Tags: [linux](, [ubuntucat](, [ubuntu](