Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
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The Ubuntu Experience: an interim update

Since I got all out of kilter going 5 weeks without a post, and since taiji_jian was nice enough to help me all day today with Ubuntu, I thought I would post another interim update.

Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:

Especial thanks to taiji_jian, the great Paganini of TEUNC, for demonstrating the concept of ubuntu amply yesterday and today.

Here's my fortnightly update:

Another update about Ubuntu is in order. After eight months of being left fallow, Telperion, my 14-month old COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX desktop system (Celeron 2.8GHz, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HD) is now running a 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog installation. All hail taiji_jian!

As I mentioned I was finally able to burn a bootable Ubuntu CD. However, the kernel kept quitting part way into the boot, until taiji_jian found out from another Linux-savvy friend that I needed to put linux acpi=off at the boot prompt. At this point, I had already spent two and a half hours installing WinXP just to do an Ubuntu install from Windows! How's that for perverse?

After this, I found that my 4x CD-RW, which is 6 years old, was burned at too high a rate. I downloaded ISORecorder, and, after much wrangling as gondhir and taiji_jian offered both jeers and encouragement, I reburned the CD-RW and finished the installation. Now, just a few things remain...

And now, the new questions:

Get thee behind me, 640x480: video drivers under Linux

Auugh! 6x4 is teh suxxor, and no mistake. I've just spent a little over 3 hours trying to get the modelines that I need to put into /etc/X11/xorg.conf, to no avail. I can't increase the resolution at all.

Is there an Ubuntu/Debian equivalent to SuperProbe on Red Hat?

Ubuntu setup - initial questions

My reasons for running Ubuntu are:

  • To house my database server (MySQL, Quiddity, etc.) and databases for research: the FIBR project, my new projects on collaborative recommendation (CR), information extraction (IE), machine translation (MT), and others.

  • So that I can have a *nix-based FORTRAN compiler and executables for the ITR project.

  • As a home for my servers: print, mail, Wiki, and IRCd

  • For remote access to applications via X

Is anyone familiar with setup of any of the above under Ubuntu or Debian Linux?

Quick draw McBana: unsafe removal of USB devices

How come hot-unplugging a USB data key (e.g., my 1Gb SanDisk Cruzer) from my ThinkPad and COMPAQ Presario results in a complaint from Windows 2000 and WinXP Home that I forgot to shut it down, and sometimes results in loss of the most recently-written data, but my new Dell Inspiron 6000 seems to force-sync the device?

Is the Dell just not telling me about a problem that also occurs there, or is it really robust to hot-unplugging? If so, is there any way I can get the older systems to automatically force-sync as well?

Thanks very much, as always!

Tags: computer problems, computer questions, ubuntu linux, usb

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