New Ubuntu 6.10 System Up and Running

The Acer’s Windows XP Professional had too many areas of corruption that defied J.’s efforts at salvaging, which he had embarked on against the advice of the computer repair man (“I advise you to backup your data then do a reformat.”) In the end, J. reformated. There was no choice. The Administrator account was busted, Microsoft Office wasn’t running, the Update utilities refused to initialise, the wireless card was unable to connect to the home router.

However, due to a lack of Windows XP Professional CDs at home, and not desiring to install Windows XP Home Edition, J. decided to bust out the ol’ trusty Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) installation disk. It wasn’t all plain sailing, however. The Acer Travelmate 8104 had a known problem with the Ubuntu installation not recognising the monitor, so J. had to scour the internet for advice. He followed the advice of this site: How to get Ubuntu installing work on ACER TravelMate 8104 with one modification – he added a vga=771 at the command line.

It was plain sailing from there… barring a hiccup from the Update Utility with the W: GPG Error (invalid signature) but that seems to have settled down for a bit.

Moving along, J. loaded up the utilities that he thinks he’ll be using more frequently. GAIM and came preloaded. He downloaded his browser of choice: Opera and installed Macromedia Flash. He installed Amarok and downloaded the packages to allow playing of restricted media formats (e.g. mp3). VLC Media Player was downloaded to allow DVDs to be played, gtkpod for managing of playlists on J.’s iPod mini.

The mail client of choice: Claws Mail, previously known as Sylpheed-Claws. Beagle was installed as a desktop search utility and Deskbar as a… well… deskbar. In downloading these programs, J. took advice from a few websites such as Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks. While initially starting with wired networking, the move to wireless was seemless and easy. An initial panic at not seeing the usual networking icons was relieved by the realisation of how the panel worked.

Most of the core programs having been installed, J. turned to customisation, tweaking the theme and colours, downloading new login screens and background pictures of 1680×1050 resolution. Next up was porting over of work, photographs and music. J. thinks that he’s pretty much set.

Currently, J. is workng on configuring FireHOL , the iptables stateful packet filtering firewall builder. iptables is the powerful firewall packaged into linux (it requires a bit of work to get running). It’ll take a bit of time, but that’s okay… the router firewall should suffice for now and linux systems aren’t as attractive to break into as Windows.

As mentioned previously, two things concern J. now:
1. He’s a user of Skyscape medical PDA programs, which largely support Windows.
2. In the same vein, there’s no equivalent of ActiveSync + Outlook on Linux.

Maybe J.’ll reformat the old laptop to Windows XP Home Edition to meet these two needs.


2 responses to this post.

  1. vga=771 is very helpful.


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