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My D-Link wireless card, Madwifi and the state of linux distros for the desktop January 10, 2009

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Here is one of those posts I write more for my personal reference in the future but I´m happy if someone else gets some use from the information too.

Today I´m posting from my new Ubuntu Studio 8.10 install.  This is after trying several new releases of other distros first and even though Ubuntu Studio is still missing a decent realtime kernel it still somehow ended up on my harddrive!  Here is the main reason why…



Dream a little dream… of Debian February 13, 2008

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Some of you might have noticed I haven’t posted much on the linux front (or any other for that matter!) for awhile… This post is likely to be the first of several in a related series and the first to explain why I haven’t posted and why I am again now!

To make a long story short I moved across the state, built a new computer and ended up using wireless as my only connection to the net for the very first time…


IMAGE – Dell Makes Ubuntu Official! May 2, 2007

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This image on Dell’s website makes it pretty official…..

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The embargo is over: Ubuntu will be officially supported on Dell computers. May 1, 2007

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From your humble servant at Canonical:”
’s now official. That’s it, the embargo is over. We can talk. Many people have been involved in this and I can only say I am excited to be a tiny small part of it: Ubuntu will be officially supported on Dell computers. Any other details will come on http://www.ubuntu.com, check it for the official press release!”

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Ubuntu Studio: An interview with Project Manager Cory Kontros January 27, 2007

Posted by oktyabr in audio, debian, digg, linux, make music, personal, realtime, ubuntu.

I’ve known about, written about and even participated in the Ubuntu Studio project (in a limited capacity) in the past but had pretty much given it up as a project with good ideas but still a long way from any sort of maturity or release as a “distro” in it’s own right… until a link on Digg.com appeared quite recently. It seems that the project has found new momentum with new leadership and I thought I would take a closer look for myself.


Kubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” Herd 1: realtime test drive! December 8, 2006

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So what’s this sexy new *buntu have under the hood?

More importantly (at least to me!) is it any good for multimedia?


Kubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” Herd 1 pre-release: a quick photo tour December 7, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in debian, desktop, distro reviews, kde, linux, opinions, personal, screenshots, ubuntu.

Today the official announcement that “herd 1”, the first public pre-release for what will eventually become Ubuntu 7.04, code named “Feisty Fawn” made it’s way around the linux news sites.

Being a debian and seeing how I finally managed to completely destroy my previous 64Studio install (no fault of the distro itself!) I thought I would give it a quick spin around the block.


Ubuntu Herd 1 released December 7, 2006

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From the official announcement:

Come, rest in this bosom, my own stricken deer,
Though the herd have fled from thee, thy home is still here:

Here still is the smile that no cloud can o’ercast,
And the heart and the hand all thy own to the last.

– Thomas Moore, Come, Rest In This Bosom


64 Studio 1.0 “Olympic” released December 2, 2006

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After mutilating my most recent install, an early 0.94 release dist-upgraded to 0.99 and then morphed into something completely different
with a liberal dose of debian “unstable” and even (GASP!) “experimental” I thought the release of “Olympic” couldn’t have come at a better time! Downloaded the single ISO (I run the x86 version instead of the 64bit due to my fondness of flash based websites ~rolls eyes~) and burned successfully, I popped it in the drive in my primary machine and gave it a whirl…


restore list of packages with dselect September 4, 2006

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Had seen this howto before but thought there was also one using apt-get? Can’t find that one yet but will post if/when I do 🙂

Basically it involves generating a text file of all installed packages and then saving it to a disk, remote host, email, etc. Then on a fresh install this list can be used to install all of the previous packages automagically. Useful for reinstalls or mass deployment over similar systems!

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gdebi August 6, 2006

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Ever heard a windows user make the argument that all they have to do to install a package is “click on it”? Forget the fact that apps like Synaptic further equipt with a beefed up /etc/apt/sources.list can provide over 19,000 packages to a debian based system… without searching the web for app “x”, library “y” and driver “z”… “One click” makes Windows superior to linux, dammit!!! Ok, ok… settle down 😉


rsync is a beautiful thing! August 6, 2006

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rsync is a computer program for Unix systems which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. An important feature of rsync not found in most similar programs/protocols is that the mirroring takes place with only one transmission in each direction.”

That’s from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync

Now before I get into the meat of this post let me qualify this by saying that I am NOT a linux guru and I don’t do IT for a living! (more…)

Ubuntu Release 6.10 “Edgy Eft” is out! July 28, 2006

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Released 7-20-06: Unlike previous versions of distrowatch.com’s “most popular distro” 6.10 Edgy Eft “Knot” (what will become Ubuntu 6.10) has had comparatively little press!

According to the official announcement:

Pre-releases of Edgy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are however recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs. (more…)

KnoppMyth R5B7 is here! March 18, 2006

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The world’s best HTPC distribution now includes MythTV 0.19.fixes and lots of under-the-hood improvements since R5A30.2. Everyone should upgrade from previous versions. So stop reading and go download it via bittorrent at http://mythic.tv !

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Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness February 20, 2006

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Dapper Drake flight cd 4 is out, and the big change is the addition of a graphical installer called Espresso (about time too). The iso’s are available at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-4/. Also hints of another Ubuntu-based distro.

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