Linux is calling again

I’ve always had this affinity for Linux. I just don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of the great ambition — to be able to have the choice of what you want with your PC and not be forced to choose from A or B. And it’s been great! Despite the setback of having big, bulky distributions such as Ubuntu, there are those that keep every good working PC alive today like CrunchBang or DamnSmallLinux or even Puppy Linux! So now, I’m trying to get my feet wet, yet again, by playing around with Linux distributions. Good thing my office machine is on Windows 7 and has a virtual machine installed.

I’ve enjoyed Ubuntu for quite some time and I’m part of the group that enjoys the eyecandy that Unity desktop offers. Yet I’m also pining for the sacrificed performance because of the same. It has definitely become a competitor between Windows and OS X but at the price of being really big and bloated. Still, I find it admirable that It has come so far from its early lean beginnings. And it is really fortunate that we have relatively lightweight versions for it: Xubuntu and Lubuntu. So that’s great news!

I tried to fire up Puppy Linux on my  machine and somehow, it doesn’t have the feel I wasn’t looking for. Simple, yes, but not clean and as refined as I would like it to be. It’s a big splash of colors and confusion in my eyes. I’m sure that’s pretty fix-able with a color scheme but that’s just it — I can’t seem to find where to adjust or change it! Oh well…

 

Right now, I’m downloading JoliCloud OS and Xubuntu to try out. I hope all goes well with these two distributions. I’m actually planning on using one of these for a PC I’ve been dreaming of donating to our parish in my hometown. Hope that happens soon enough. 🙂

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The 9.04 Ubuntu Upgrade: Aspirin Please?

I knew I should’ve just gone with a fresh install. (lol) but wanting to ‘learn’ its dirty little secrets, I followed the upgrade procedures on the Ubuntu website. With some modifications, of course… and that’s when the headache started.

It was almost pretty simple. Update your system before installing the upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04. But being in a hurry to get home, with the large files and long download duration, I had to leave the office and have it ‘install’ itself overnight. So that I could come the next day, everything would be running in a spankin’ Jaunty Jackalope Ubuntu!

But good grief, the computer was off when I got in this morning! ARGH! so booting into Ubuntu and checking Update Manager, it seemed that I had the “partial upgrade” and just had to continue. After half of the day, the download finished and I had Jackalope finally running! 😀 with another problem — my nVidia Video Card didn’t seem to work well with the new system. Probably I said ‘yes’ to something that i should be saying ‘no’ to during the installation. Excited fanboy. (lol)

So after another 3 hours of battling it out, finally found out how to install the darn drivers. Needs a little Linux geekiness but nothing Google can’t help you with.

My suggestion, if you’re having problems with the X window manager and NVIDIA settings, check out NVIDIA’s website. They’ve got a pretty nice guide. Just be patient with reading through the material.

Also, for newbies like me, you should be a little brave and use the ‘recovery mode’ option for this. Use root and then it’s almost basic ls and sh commands. 🙂