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Feb. 12th, 2008 12:35 am
mirrorshard: (Default)
[personal profile] mirrorshard
I finally got tired enough of not having a proper programming environment that I decided to switch to Linux. I've now:

  • Done a(n overdue) backup cycle.
  • Discovered that Iris refuses to boot from CD. The bios sees the CD drive quite happily (in fact, she sees it twice - once by brand name and once as USB CD-ROM) but moving it up the list doesn't do anything. In fact, nothing does anything.
  • Turned a flash drive into an Ubuntu CD. Needed to download HP Drive Key Boot Utility to put in a boot sector. Somewhat of a technological advance over the older methods, which basically involve putting a floppy in the drive (see the problem there?) and copying the boot sector from that.
  • Grudgingly conceded that whilst KDE might not be 4Dwm or bowman, it's acceptably usable even if it refuses to understand xsetroot -solid black.
  • Made a long list of the stuff I need to redownload and install, which I'll copy here for my own reference.
    • Firefox
    • Inkscape
    • Scribus
    • The GIMP
    • CD/DVD utilities, unless there's something adequate built in
    • Printer drivers for my HP Photosmart 2575 all-in-one. Let's hope it takes me less time than it did when I tried to make an SGI talk to the departmental HP printer. (Time to give up, in that particular case. Never did manage it.)
    • USB driver for my phone.
    • Mudclient. I've had Coldbeer recommended to me.
    • A code editor I'm comfortable with. It's axiomatic that emacs will do anything I need, but that doesn't mean I'll be able to make it do so.
  • Reacquired a copy of the network key.

Right, now what've I forgotten... I suppose I'll find out.

Edit 1: On booting up from the flash drive, I got a bash prompt and nothing else. Ran into the same with [livejournal.com profile] reddragdiva the other day - booting with a CD in the drive should probably fix it, so I'm burning one now. On restarting without the flash drive, I got a Windows/Linux prompt.

Edit 2 (02:00): Nope, still didn't boot into Kubuntu from the flash drive. The same bash prompt. On picking 'Linux' from the boot menu without the flash drive in, I got a Kubuntu splash screen, a list of 'PCI: Cannot allocate resource' errors, and an ash prompt. Not even bash. Let's try it with, and see what happens.

Edit 3 (02:13): OK, that worked, though I got an error on GUI startup saying 'Could not start process Unable to create io-slave'. I suspect this is something to do with the CD drive again, since that's set up as a slave. It works, though, so I'm not too worried. And the networking works, since I'm posting from within the liveCD environment. Time to install.

Edit 4 (02:45): Installation complete! And without any io error messages this time, either. All the hardware works, it understands the laptop function keys without having to be told, I have my scrollpad, &c. Now for software downloading.

Date: 2008-02-12 01:31 am (UTC)
reddragdiva: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reddragdiva
Most of that should be in the repositories. With printer drivers (and hardware drivers in general in Linux), either it works out the box or you're buggered. However, more stuff is supported than not. Scanning might be annoying - our printer works great under Linux, but the scanner doesn't (I think - haven't checked lately).

Phone - it'll do its damnedest. Hopefully the phone is nice enough to pretend to be an external disk.

Code editor? nvi of course!

The CD/DVD utilities are ace. For CD ripping, the supplied method is libparanoia, but for disks too crappy for that you can use Exact Audio Copy flawlessly under Wine. (Always use a current winehq.org Wine.)

Date: 2008-02-12 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I remember having scanned successfully from your printer in the past.

Date: 2008-02-12 01:35 am (UTC)
reddragdiva: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reddragdiva
While it was plugged into a Leengux box, or while it was plugged into the Mac?

Date: 2008-02-12 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Haven't a clue, so it might well've been the Mac.

Date: 2008-02-12 04:11 pm (UTC)
redcountess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] redcountess

Other things to install: Wine (for BabySplat), Thunderbird and Pidgin (even if you only talk on MSN, the MSN only client for Linux sucks)

Date: 2008-02-12 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Wine I've got, Thunderbird I probably won't bother with since the only mail client I've used in ages is Gmail. Cheers for the Pidgin recommendation, the one that came with Ubuntu seems not to want to see most of my contact list.

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