Archive for the ‘Ubuntu’ Category

Debian Lenny

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Debian Lenny works ok on my desktop computer, an Asus Pundit AH1 box with dual core AMD processors and nvidia graphics and sound. The Lenny release is the current ‘stable’ and so has slightly old packages (Firefox 3.0xx and OpenOffice 2.4) but runs fast. I can always upgrade to Squeeze (the current ‘testing’) when I [...]

Linux (penguins)

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Just bought a cheap laser printer (first time I’ve had a printer at home for around 10 years). Settled on what they had in PC World, a monochrome Samsung ML1640. Installed on my College laptop running Windows XP - put CD in, click some buttons, navigate some menus, restart and then prints. Plugged it into [...]

Old computers

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Linux allows you to use old hardware with a current, relatively secure operating system and the usual applications. I’ve put Ubuntu 9.04 on the Linux partition of my old Dell laptop mainly because of the Network Manager that has appeared in Ubuntu since 8.10. Networking Just Works with a range of WiFi cards and, [...]

Web book in classroom

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Modem connected web book allows students to see YouTubes and encourages them to use blog between lessons.

Record My Desktop

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Ubuntu repositories contain this program, it does what it says on the packet

ogg test

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Record my desktop from the Ubuntu repositories produces a screencam video of your Ubuntu session

Ubuntu live session with G3 modem

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

My G3 mobile web modem ‘just works’ thanks to network manager 0.7. Sort of impressive.

Ubuntu 8.10

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The new Ubuntu release is easy to install and use and provides a good desktop experience. I like it.

gOS – getting there

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

gOS is a version of Linux that is intended to be easy to use and designed around what most computer users want to do (Web, photos, music, e-mail, documents). The distribution is based on Ubuntu, in turn based on Debian, but the gOS people have made an honest attempt to make the desktop easy to [...]

Hardy Heron 8.04.1

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Hardy Heron 8.04.1 appears to ‘just work’ in many respects.

NeoOffice for Mac OS X

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

NeoOffice is a build of OpenOffice that integrates with the Mac OS X desktop much better than OpenOffice does.

Debian Etch with xfce4

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Debian stable is… well stable

Hardy Heron

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Installs easily and works OK for an alpha going beta

Gutsy Gibbon

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Ubuntu 7.10 running on an AMD box

OpenOffice 2.2 on Xubuntu 6.06.1

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Alien and dpkg work, but Feisty will allow install from repositories.

Xubuntu 7.04

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Beta now available, with some bling and some old problems

Ubuntu 7.04

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

The beta live desktop boots fine, but the desktop bling won’t work on my old p4.

OpenOffice 2.1

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Intstallation on a fresh Xubuntu machine uses ‘default’ repositories and requires no libraries.


Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Running XP under vmplayer in Xubuntu

Local wiki

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Installing Apache and UseMod on Xubuntu

Multimedia progress

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Xubuntu 6.06 can play most media content found on the Web.


Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Should Ubuntu include closed source binary drivers for fancy graphics?

OpenOffice 2.1 on Ubuntu

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

You can download the latest version and install it yourself…

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

I’ve put it back on the old laptop.

Ubuntu 5.10

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

The CDs dropped through the letterbox the day before the last day of 2005

Fans and laptops

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Ubuntu 5.04 and acpi – setting the temperature trip points for a Pentium 3 coppermine processor.

Ubuntu modem drivers

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

The Ubuntu Forums page for Modems on L400
Source code for Lucent Winmodem used in Dell L400
You get a warning when compiling
The Wiki page routine for Ubuntu 5.04 misses out a step – adding a statement to the Grub configuration file. This second method didn’t work on my computer so I used the compile from code [...]

Linux modem

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Modem working in Ubuntu Linux
The Lucent Winmodem drivers may already be part of Ubuntu Hoary
You have to set up a connection using System | Administration | Networking
You may have to set up details in pppconfig (a terminal application) as well
I’ll be doing a re-install to see what works as I have lost track of all [...]


Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Ubuntu installs easily on a P3 700MHz laptop.

Ubuntu Linux

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

The Ubuntu live cd runs fine on my iBook and lets me demonstrate an alternative operating system