Ubuntu - Day 1

  1. Install was flawless

  2. Wifi worked perfectly without doing anything (curious what it’s using.

  3. IBM Thinkpad buttons work, and even have graphical candy (volume)

  4. I wanted to enable flash for Firefox:

  5. Update /etc/apt/sources.list adding support for multiverse

  6. apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

  7. Accept license

  8. “automatic installation failed due to network problems or upstream changes”

  9. apt-get install flashplayer-mozilla

  10. Restart Firefox, no love

  11. Ubuntu forums mainly talk about using Adobe’s installer, or copying the .so files manually which I eventually did :/

  12. I wanted to install Thunderbird (easy)

  13. I wanted to install Emacs (easy)

  14. I wanted to install Eclipse:

  15. Update /etc/apt/sources.list adding support for universe

  16. apt-get install eclipse-jdt (following ubuntu guide)

  17. No love… people seem to have lots of issues, I guess:

  18. apt-get install eclipse

  19. Eclipse is now there, but throws error on startup

  20. java -version (seem to be running 1.4, need 1.5)

  21. apt-get install sun-java5-jdk (impressed)

  22. Eclipse up and running, using sun-1.5

  23. Fonts don’t look quite as good?

  24. Bootup is crazy fast (to the credit of Upstart)

Today’s outcome:  Ubuntu seems to be crazy polished, and things were much easier faster to setup than Gentoo.  I will never switch away from Gentoo on the server, but I don’t know on the desktop.  Right now I feel all dirty  :/