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Feisty Fawn is released into the woods and the Lord said, it was GOOD!

Ok, the Lord did not say that but I sure did.  Network Manager installed by default.  Getting ATI drivers working on it was PAINLESS!  Just a couple tweaks to a few things related to suspend and it works pretty well too!  My only complaint, is every once in a while, the ethernet adapter flys the coop.  I just need to edit the same script I did for the wireless card to have it remove the ethernet module prior to suspend and load it on resume and I think that will fix that too.

Couple minor things…Desktop effects won’t work without XGL on this machine.  I’ll get around to it (once someone ELSE does).  The main issue with this is the ATI driver yet again.  Why in the world in this day and age ATI doesn’t release a driver capable of compositing is beyond me.  This same care would likely work perfectly on Windows Vista in the super cool idiot mode.  Anyway, I can live without this for a while and I have to say that Ubuntu is a premier distro now and is now THE distro I use and recommend.  I even would recommend it to total geeks as it’s EASY to setup.  Geeks don’t ALWAYS like the hard road….I have a life too and if it takes me a long time to get things like LAMP working, well screw that distro.  I also don’t have the time to go through many different ACPI scripts to figure our why my laptop won’t suspend/resume properly (even Microsoft screws this up).  So I use a distro that is easy to install and to get working.  Anyway, have fun and give it a try!


April 24, 2007 at 8:45 am

Fiesty Fawn Install Awaits This Weekend

Fiesty Fawn is released finally and I am looking forward to using it.  I will likely install it sometime tomorrow after I have some time to backup some info.  One thing that I will do is try the upgrader first.  After that, I will reinstall automatix if it goes ok.  I do have the iso, so if all goes bad, I will have a backup so I can do a fresh install, if I must.

Next comes Gutsy Gibbon(Oct)!

April 20, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Coming to you via EVDO….and LINUX!

Hello all.  I am currently sitting in the airport waiting for my boarding time and I am using EVDO to post this!  On Linux, after applying a Kernel hack, I was able to jump right on with a sudo ifup ppp0.  It’s intresting how far Linux has come.  I bet in the next Ubuntu, I won’t even have to do that hack to make it work (it should be in the 2.6.18 Kernel….using a back port).  When I get a faster connection, I’ll post details….Columbus, OH is still a Rev 0 country and Phoenix is already Rev A.

Current speeds are: 379 Kbps down and 74 Kbps up.  Not bad, but not great.  Got to be a overloaded cell or the airplanes messing with the signal.

April 1, 2007 at 9:29 am


I wanted to write a quick post with a few things on my mind.  First, I enrolled in a class this quarter that’s titled Designing a E-Commerce Website.  I thought, intresting, but when I got the book it was even more interesting….it’s MySQL and PHP.  Even cooler.  What shocked me a bit was that the instructor said the first week would be spent installing MySQL, Apache and PHP on….WINDOWS!  Yeah….that’s what I thought.  Luckily I had asked if Linux was OK (What PHP/MySQL website DOESN’T run on Linux???) and he siad it was ok.  I had also reccomended a VMware appliance called Grandma’s LAMP.  It’s a Xubuntu based VMware appliance with XFCE desktop and the standard LAMP set.  Suggested that studnets can check that out as a proper way of doing MySQL/PHP.

Next is an experience I had with Windows at work.  I have just received a fine Lenovo desktop with a Core 2 Duo and all the trimmings.  I JUST got it last week and was working away today and all of a sudden a virus thing popped up….I looked where it found it and it was in the Yahoo Widget application and I thought…hmm…that’s weird.  Did some poking around and it ends up Symantec has a false positive on a file in their app for VirusBlast.  If you’ve seen this too, you should be getting a update soon to the signatures that fix NAV.  This sucks and is one reason I hate Windows.

March 26, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Trying Feisty Fawn

I downloaded the latest Herd 5 release of Feisty Fawn and am trying it in a VM at work.  I will be installing it on my new PC as soon as it arrives.  I heard they were installing the image yesterday and if all goes well my PC and it’s new 24 inch widescreen LCD will be sitting on my desk tomorrow.  I plan on testing Feisty in a VM as this is my main Windows Workstation.  That reminds me….have to poke the boss to pony up for the workstation version of VMware.  Server runs on XP ok, it’s just for the kind of support I have to do, it would be nice ot create the check points and see what changed and more.  I had asked to get it but have nut heard anything.

March 21, 2007 at 12:36 am

Beryl and XGL…..ok XGL ain’t so bad…ATI drivers still sucks

I’ll reserve final judgement for tonight, but it seems I discovered a bug in Beryl and I figured out why it seemed like I was getting thrown back to the gdm prompt. It appears that if you hit Shift-BackSpace, it will log you out of Beryl. They need to fix that….for the mean time, I did what they proposed on the ThinkWiki and created a script called and with it I changed my keymappings. We’ll cross the fingers and see how long I remain in Beryl tonight! WOOHOO! For the full instructions, check out the T60 Ubuntu Edgy Eft page on ThinkWiki at and also make sure to visit the main wiki at .

March 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Beryl works….XGL sucks….

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T60 with a ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card in it that was purchased for me by work. For months on Edgy, I was not able to run Beryl at all. Now it seems the latest Beryl updates WORK on my T60. This is a good thing. The bad thing is XGL is frickin UNSTABLE AS HELL.

Has anyone gotten AIGLX to work on this card?? Any suggestion? Can I meake some tweaks to the X setup to make it better?

I really want to use Beryl as it’s the first Window Manager that has actually gotten me to USE the multiple Desktops just so I can hit Ctrl-alt and SPIN the windows in a cube and find the one I want. I especially like hte new 3d effect of popping the windows up like papers hovering over each side of the cube. Fantastic. Plus once people see how cool Beryl is I can then say this ONLY works on Linux! 😀 Anyway, if anyone has some suggestions, just leave me a comment.

March 19, 2007 at 8:48 am

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