Enough is enough. No more Ubuntu for me. I used it for just over two months. It’s a great distro, just not for me. I finally realized this experiment was over when Ubuntu managed to change the file system to read-only while I was in the middle of working on stuff. After that it wouldn’t boot. Because I had been working on a remote box and I didn’t have access to my ssh keys, I resorted to using Knoppix to chroot into Ubuntu so I could ssh to the remote box and finish my work.
It’s starting to become clear that Lucy’s change in behavior is the result of hormone changes. In fact she’s acting as though she just had a litter of puppies. What might a dog do who just had a litter of puppies? Well said dog would lick and bury everything. We can’t give Lucy anything without her burying it.
She also is a licking machine. She’s taken quite a liking to Lisa’s down coat on the futon.
It seems I’m a gluten for punishment. I couldn’t resist the urge to
apt-get upgrade This time the ramdisk survived, but madwifi-ng did not. In fact the 2.6.20-9 kernel doesn’t even seem to have madwifi-ng support at all. No wifi for me :/
On a much more important note, this morning we had to rush
Lucy to the vet for emergency surgery. We had noticed that she wasn’t acting right late Sunday.
I’m finished with my Ubuntu testing. It’s a very nice distribution, but not one for me. Next I’m going to spend a little time with Fedora. I used Redhat back in the day. In fact it was the first Linux distribution I ever used. I figure since my employer uses it I might as well learn what it feels like today :)
It’s been a fun winter the past few weeks.
Today I was prompted via the notification area that 16 updates were available. I took them (via Synaptic) after which I rebooted the system. Upon bootup grub complained about an “Inconsistent filesystem” regardless of the kernel I chose. Evidently Ubuntu ate my ramdisk again sigh
I’m honestly afraid to let apt update my ramdisk/kernel again. Before I was 50/50 on using Ubuntu for the desktop. That number has definitely slipped to around 20% now.
Today I needed to upgrade to Python 2.5 so I could work on work stuff. Earlier in the day I had upgraded my Gentoo box at work to use Python 2.5 - piece of cake. It seems that in Ubuntu land you currently don’t get Python 2.5 unless you’re tracking the “Feisty” sources. So I went on to update my sources and use Synaptic to update everything. It finished up by throwing some errors about being unable to finish due to “unresolvable errors “.
Today I set out to get my own software running. This included dependencies like:
Apache Mod_python Postgresql Tsearch2 Psycopg2 elementtree Simplejson Matplotlib Apple I wasn’t difficult to install and configure things, though it obviously felt different than it does on Gentoo. Honestly things seemed less organized, though that’s likely because I know Gentoo so much better.
I have not been successful in getting mail-notification to work. Poking around it seems the imap ssl support is disabled, and people recommend installing from source.
Install was flawless
Wifi worked perfectly without doing anything (curious what it’s using.
IBM Thinkpad buttons work, and even have graphical candy (volume)
I wanted to enable flash for Firefox:
Update /etc/apt/sources.list adding support for multiverse
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
“automatic installation failed due to network problems or upstream changes”
apt-get install flashplayer-mozilla
Restart Firefox, no love
Ubuntu forums mainly talk about using Adobe’s installer, or copying the .