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Ubuntu Karmic Koala says “no worries mate”

At the weekend I installed Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10). My overall impression so far is positive: Karmic Koala continues the tradition set by Ubuntu releases of incremental improvement; it is evolutionary not revolutionary.

Most importantly it just works, with the exception of one issue I am having with resuming after the laptop has been suspended, but I will get to the bottom of that.

There are a number of reviews that list the main features, there’s a good summary at Ars and another on The Register.

Despite some reports of problems with the upgrade, I had no issues at all.

I’m not sure what to make of commentators comparing Ubuntu 9.10 to Windows 7, but I guess comparisons are inevitable as long as tech-writers have column inches to fill.

Some folks say that the look of the desktop in Karmic is cleaner and crisper. That’s true to an extent but to me it feels a little Mac-esque, although only a little – it is by no means aping the OSX look.

My verdict on Karmic after nearly a week is positive, and if you’ve never tried Linux download a live disk and give it go.

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

#! Crunchbang Linux

I’ve installed Crunchbang Linux on the old Thinkpad X24. It’s based on the Openbox window manager, and it is faaaaast, and so far very pleasant to use. The only issue I encountered was Openbox’s reliance on the super key (aka the windows key, which the X24 doesn’t have). This is easily solved though, thanks to this blog post at iceflatline. w00t.

Update: It turned out to be a little different, the script example in iceflatline needed to be tweaked slightly for my setup. The command

xmodmap $HOME/.Xmodmap

is a useful one – it pointed me to an error that was preventing the new binding from working. A useful article on Xmodmap can be found here.

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Nice change to Ubuntu 8.10 reports that “Brasero will replace Serpentine as the CD-writing utility in the upcoming April release of Ubuntu 8.10”. That’s a good thing, although I’ll still keep the totally awesome K3b

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 21st, 2008


KDE 4 released! w00t…!

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, January 12th, 2008

One of these things is not like the others….

Ubuntu and a Mac

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Not that I’m sort of Ubuntu fanboy, but….

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The Free Software song

Having just watched Revolution OS for the umpteenth time, and finding that the words are freely distributable, for your reading pleasure here are the lyrics to RMS‘s Free Software Song:

[To the melody of Sadi Moma:]

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

Hoarders may get piles of money,
That is true, hackers, that is true.
But they cannot help their neighbors;
That’s not good, hackers, that’s not good.

When we have enough free software
At our call, hackers, at our call,
We’ll throw out those dirty licenses
Ever more, hackers, ever more.

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

You’ll find this on the Free Software Foundation’s site along with some recordings, including the obligatory death metal version.

Nudging Craig to do a recording of this.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, August 17th, 2007


I love YaKuake. Oooooohhhh yes it’s nice. Screenshots here.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, May 18th, 2007

BucketFountain search terms

The most interesting part of looking at site stats are the search terms people have used to find the site. Sometimes they’re lewd, sometimes they’re slightly odd, and sometimes people just need a hand with something. Take, for example, this poor chap:

dsl-g604t not connecting with windows vista

Oh dear! Well, on this happy occasion I’m glad I can guide this reader to a solution.

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty lives up to its name

Which isn’t necessarily a good thing. It looks as though hoards of upgraders to Feisty are finding that they can no longer connect to wireless networks. One of my machines could not even connect down the wire…. Oh why didn’t I just stick with 6.10? Come back Edgy Eft!

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, May 3rd, 2007


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