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karmic-mac

Posted in Linux with tags , , , on December 7, 2009 by xi'an

Having purchased a new MacBook Pro [5.3] thanks to the support of our most recent ANR EMILE grant, and prodded by Jean-Michel Marin to give it a try, I first attempted using the local Mac software, i.e. the Unix system behind the Snow Leopard OS, but I could not get my terminal environment to work properly for my ten basic Unix commands to operate seamlessly enough. Presumably for not trying hard enough…

Thus, this weekend, I started on the “big” move to a rEFIt dual boot with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic koala!) installed on the second half of the partition. The whole process is fairly well described on Ubuntu forums and I followed the steps there so that the installation first succeeded. I then tried to install KDE 4.3 from the original Gnome environment and this did not produce an acceptable working platform. I reluctantly switched back to Gnome and cut down as many features of this environment as possible to obtain a minimalist working space. At this stage, I was asked to update various packages  of Karmic and then disaster stuck when I accepted to switch between versions of Grub2: later attempts to rescue and even to reinstall Ubuntu 9.10 failed. When I booted from anything but the Mac OS, on the rEFIt panel, I was getting an infinite sequence of GRUB on the screen… The forums being also full of contradictory and failing suggestions, this drove me mad the whole afternoon!!! I eventually erased everything including rEFIt and managed once again to access  the Ubuntu OS. I cannot say I have  yet reached a point where I trust the stability of the system.

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

Posted in Linux with tags , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by xi'an

I tend to minimise the instances when I have to change of Linux version on my computer (a Macbook Pro Santa Rosa), for this always is a traumatic event with potential consequences on my work, and therefore I had postponed leaving Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in a typical procrastinating attitude,  i.e. till something stopped working! This happened yesterday with a failed attempt at upgrading R and I thus moved to Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), using the upgrade option rather than re-installing the whole thing from scratch. The only manual steps were to change xorg.conf to accomodate the touchpad and to install madwif to get access to the wireless—the most frustrating part was finding a valid address! (Upgrading Ubuntu means that each intermediate version needs to be installed before moving to the next.) Now that everything works nicely (including suspend and hibernate, and my earlier heating problem seems to be resolved as well!), I am wondering whether or not I should move to the next version of Kubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex, terrible tee-shirt!) or even to the most recent  Kubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope, terrible name: jaundiced jackal, jovial jabiru, jocular jellyfish, or jittery jaguar would have sounded way better! The next animal in the list of releases is a koala, although karmic would hardly have been my adjective of choice)… As an aside about this future release, an interesting announcement is that Ubuntu 9.10 would support cloud computing.