* Posts by A.Lizard

5 posts • joined 17 May 2007

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

A.Lizard

Karmic? Got it, works great with minor issues.

I'm running Kubuntu Karmic, and I upgraded in place from Kubuntu Jaunty, I did not do a fresh install.

Seems to work better with ATI drivers, I've got the proprietary driver working for the first time since I bought this A780GM integrated motherboard. Nice to see the good old spinning cube desktop change running here again.

I'm happier with it than I was with Jaunty.

Minor rough edges. Workarounds mentioned not guaranteed to work for everyone.

1. USB ports after hub not recognized. Workaround - unplug, replug, enjoy your peripherals.

2. Suspend (pm-suspend - mine is set up with uswsusp) only works when you push power button, not from keyboard. Since it works on wake-on-LAN, it would be nice to see it fixed, but I'm in no hurry. However, if you want this to work consistently, you need to find a place to put (as root) ethtool -s eth0 wol g - best way to do that is to add it as a pm-suspend quirk so it'll get run during machine shutdown.

3. Sun Virtualbox does not print from WinXP with Kubuntu Karmic host. Presumably, you've already enabled yourself as a member of the vboxusers group. Add yourself to the lp group as well.

4. Network management applet still does not work properly. This may be because I manually edited a few files to deal with the same problem in Jaunty.

5. Proprietary driver manager (access via Hardware Drivers from menu) does nothing when you click activate button. Workaround - install envy-ng from repository and run it, if it won't run from the menus, use sudo envyng-t from terminal to run in text mode ... and it's easy once you do this.

Presumably, people who adopt Karmic a few weeks from now will find all or most of these problems solved out of the box.

No horror story, no drama. Just another routine upgrade that leaves things running better and looking cooler. Oddly enough, I'd been having serious trouble with Debian since Squeeze (DRIVERS!!!), I did a fresh install to Kubuntu Jaunty a few weeks ago in the hopes that Kubuntu would deal with driver issues better. It does.

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Lenny might be late

A.Lizard

so what?

Premature OS releases usually are embarrassments for the groups that release them. Remember Vista? It isn't just MS. I actually tried OpenSUSE/KDE4 just after it escaped. Luckily, a guest VM is easy to blow away.

Props to the Debian dev team for having sense enough to wait until they get it right.

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How to escape the clutches of world+dog's VMware fetish

A.Lizard

I'm running the free Linux version of VMware Server

on this Debian box. I've got a Windows 98SE guest session running reliably and stably in the window behind this one running my Eudora mail client. I've got Ubuntu running in a second guest session. I can run applications on the same filespace from three different OSs. (at the same time if I'm careful) It would be interesting to run OSX as well, but the fact that it isn't available is Apple's fault, not theirs. But it would be nice to be able to run applications without particular regard to what OS it runs on if Apple ever decides to join the real world.

The VMware stuff works on the desktop. My experiment with virtualbox was less successful, and since Xen doesn't support guest/host clipboard, it's useless for a desktop, so I haven't tried it. I wouldn't be surprised if they can execute the more radical ideas described in the article.

It looks like the company made a bad deal with respect to acquisition, but that happens, and sooner or later, that company is going to become a lot less profitable with a board run by EMC suits that presumably really doesn't understand what they're making or marketing. That's necessarily their problem, and a warning for technology entrepreneurs.

But I'm happy in the meantime, and will wait with interest to see what they'll do next.

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Microsoft satisfaction rates slip

A.Lizard

they managed as much as 70?

They need to work a lot harder at marketing Vista.

If their claims of success were accurate, given that the average user home machine is probably a couple of years behind current entry level, they'd probably be lucky to manage a 50, given the complaint's I'm hearing all over the place about how much fun it is on current-generation workstations.

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Former Grateful Dead muso sues YouTube

A.Lizard

as a member of the 60s generation

hopefully, younger people have more sense than to make heroes of their musicians as we did with ours.

I'll just say that two members of the Grateful Dead are now members of the Bohemian Club in California. The average member is a white, male corporate Fortune 1000 CEO, and I suspect their meetings are kept secret from the public for good reason.

While I'm not sure about Jerry Garcia, the enthusiasm with which the rest of Dead sold out is appalling, though their waiting until they could get the best possible price does suggest that they have far more sense than those "dirty hippies" were reputed to have.

Today's story is just another example of the Dead going from countercultural icons to eager embrace of the worst of the corporate values their music was created to attack.

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