The Dallemagnes → Computers

10 Reasons Why I love Ubuntu

I thought I would list a few of
the reason’s why I love Ubuntu. These may not work for everyone and
some may totally disagree but they are my reasons none-the-less.

  1. I have become a more productive person when using my computer. Some of
    the applications that are freely available to Ubuntu users have allowed
    me to make my own personal life much more organized. I’ll Name a few

    • KMyMoney Helps me keep my checking and finances in order.

    • Gourmet has seriously helped me in the kitchen by organizing my recipes and making them easy to search through.
    • Evolution besides being a great email program also allows me to be reminded of important events at the click of a mouse. I can easily set up remindersdue to it’s great desktop integration. In my opinion it runs just as well if not better than MS Outlook plus it’s free.
    • GIMP is just simply wonderful and works very well as well as being free and already installed when I install the operating system, so I don’t have to hunt it down, every time I do a re-install, or fresh install forsomebody else.
    • Open Office is great and in my opinion works just as well if not better than MS
      Office, It also comes preinstalled in Ubuntu.

    • Tomboy is wonderful, and at this point I have no idea how I survived without
      it. I no longer have a folder with ton’s of sub folders holding all my text documents, and I never would have discovered such a great Note taking application had I not decided to give Ubuntu a try.

    • Cool free eye candy, while I don’t really use compiz-fusion to it’s fullest the fact that it’s freely available, unlike in windows where I have to pay a 3rd party company to make desk look pretty, makes it just wonderful.

    • Wine allows me to install the few games I do play and I can run them just fine without any problems, though I do prefer to use Wine Doors as it makes it simple for me to install the few applications I do use wine for.

    • Play On Linux has worked flawlessly every time I needed to install Guild Wars.

    • Everything I have installed on my computer is free and freely available, No more searching nefarious websites for cracks and/or keygens this alone makes it priceless to me. These are just a few of the programs I use frequently and while I’m aware that some of these programs also run on windows, why bother going through the process off installing windows then spending 2 days to get it all installed on my system and customized? With Ubuntu I don’t have to do that, if it’s not Installed by default, then all I need do is search the repository for it or look on GetDeb.net

  2. Being able to install My Copy of Ubuntu on any computer in the house without fear of repercussion from

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Create a separate home partition in Ubuntu

Well after my experience with the Video Card you would think I would be ready to walk away from the computer for the day, but then I had one other thing I wanted to do. When I initially installed Ubuntu Everything was on the same hard drive space, well having heard how Distro upgrades tend to break I decided that I wanted use a seperate partition for my home folder. So wanting a clean slate I just decided to back up and do a fresh install then create the partition. Everything on that side went pretty smooth as I followed Aysiu’s tutorial at his website. The one issue I did have is that after rebooting and Logging back In I received this error:

User’s $HOME/.dmrc file is being ignored. This prevents the default
sessin and language from being saved. File should be owned by user and
have 644 permissions. User’s $HOME directory must be owned by user and
not writable by other users

So I googled it on my hubbys computer and came up with THIS post. Since gnome wouldn’t load I did a ctrl+alt f1 and dropped to shell to run the commands found in the post. Then I did

shutdown -r now

To reboot and everything has been running fine since. So that’s the story of my adventure for the day…lol

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Hardware Issues (Nvidia 8500 GT)

So I spent the day yesterday Trying to decided what to do about my video card (Nvidia 8500 GT), apparently it came with a dud and the warranty has just expired(I only bought this computer last February). But I regress, let me back up a bit.

My Computer started acting kinda funky, then I had a freeze, so I did a hard shut down (with the power button) but then it wouldn’t turn back on, Well it did but wouldn’t get past the BIOS screen. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what the hell was wrong. I tried reseating the RAM and nothing, so then I decided too have a look at pulling the T.V. out of the port (which isn’t supported by Linux anyway) and nothing, the comp still would not start. As a last resort I decided to reseat the video card and that’s when I discovered it.

The fan had completely broken. I mean it was still sitting on the mount but there is no way that bad boy was gonna spin ever again. At first I tried just leaving the side off and running an external fan over it as a temporary solution until I can afford to get a new one. Well that was not happening, the computer still didn’t want to boot up. Well this computer, didn’t come with an on board video card so without a card to replace it, the computer is useless. In the end I pulled the Nvidia 7300 GT of my sons computer as a temporary solution, leaving him with the On Board Nvidia 6100 (It really kinda sucks for his gaming), and put it into my computer. Once I put in the card the computer booted right up with no problem.

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Guild Wars On Ubuntu

So I spent all day trying to get Guild Wars working with wine and then cedega . I installed and uninstalled it a whole bunch of times, tried tweaking the settings in both wine and cedega and nothing. I just kept getting a black screen, then my mouse would be trapped and the only way to get out of it would be ctrl-alt backspace.

In the end what worked and I mean just quite simply worked was Play On Linux. I had actually given up on trying to make it work, I downloaded Play on Linux and just wanted to check it out, and was surprised to see guild wars on the list. So I said What the Hell and decided to give it one last try. I clicked the install, and a little window popped up asking me if I had a dvd, I was slightly discouraged as I didn’t I had a CD. So I clicked no then it asked me if I had a cd (ah ha I thought) so I clicked yes. POL then asked me to put CD 1 in the drive, and I did. Then it asked me where the CD was located giving me three options to choose from.

cdrom
cdrom0
other

I chose cdrom0 as that’s where my disk was, and POL proceeded to copy files. Then we went through the same thing with disk 2. After that was done the guild wars installer popped up and POL’s window asked me to click next or ok when the installer asked me for disk 2. When it came to that point and the installer asked me for disk 2, I was slightly confused as the guild wars installer has an “OK” button, which I attempted to click a few times at first but that didn’t work. finally I decided to click the forward button on POL, then the installer happily continued on it’s way to completion. During the final bit of installation I took note of the fact that the POL window told me to close the game to continue once it automatically popped up. (Guild Wars opens Automatically upon install completion). So once the game opened up I had a complete black screen, but due to my previous attempts I had found a forum post at the cedega forums, which said to try pressing ALT+enter to switch to window mode, this worked and I was now able to see the game. So then I closed it and finished the task of deciding whether I wanted Icon’s on my desktop, menu or both (I chose menu only as I like a clean desktop).

Play On Linux was simple and easy, and even gave me a nice update button so I didn’t have to wait for the game to update once it was loaded. I also was able to play in window mode which I like. I spent several hours tonight enjoying myself in Guild Wars!

So that’s my success story for the day I hope this post in the least has entertained you, or at the most enlightened you to a very handy piece of software.

Angel

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Wiped Out Windows

Well My Windows Partition Went corrupt on me, and I had neither the patience nor the want to try and fix it, so Instead I backed all my goodies up and then wiped the computer and clean and installed Ubuntu only. So now my computer is Windows Free!

I’m still trying to figure out why my microphone won’t work, I’ve tried everything, not even the helpful people at the Ubuntu Forums could figure it out. I’m holding out though hoping that the next release Intrepid Ibex will do the trick.

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Playing With Gimp

So today I figured out a bit about Gimp, I knew it would be a bit painful for me to transition when it came to photo editing as I always used Paint Shop Pro on windows, and I never liked photo shop. PSP just worked for me, and no matter what I couldn’t get it to work with wine. But I must admit though it’s a bit different I suppose it’s just a learning curve, “No Worries” I keep telling myself though. “You had to learn PSP also!”. But if you wanna see my first gimp creation (small though it is) click here

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Dual-Booting Vista and Ubuntu

So I spent the Past 2 days, formatting both my and Marks computers so I could make partitions and then install Ubuntu along-side our vista installations. It was actually quite simple, though a pain the ass when it came to having to uninstall the unnecessary OEM programs and such on vista and then installing the stuff we need. But actually creating the partitions and then installing Ubuntu was a simple breeze thanks to this tutorial. So It took me about 2-3 hours on each computer to get vista back in prime condition. This includes installing all drivers, and windows updates. What a Pain I tell ya! But the good news is that both computers are now fully dual-booting Ubuntu on partitions and running like a dream. I’ll probably only ever use windows for anything except my T.V. Tuner (because it’s not supported by linux) and gaming. Which means I probably won’t boot into vista very often.

In the mean time I thought I would share my Ubuntu setup list for things I do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.1.

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Dual booting With Windows

So I spent the Past 2 days, formatting both my and My Husbands computers so I could make partitions and then install Ubuntu along-side our vista installations. It was actually quite simple, though a big pain the rear when it came to having to uninstall the unnecessary OEM programs and such on vista and then installing the stuff we need. But actually creating the partitions and then installing Ubuntu was a simple breeze thanks to this tutorial. So It took me about 2-3 hours on each computer to get vista back in prime condition. This includes installing all drivers, and windows updates. What a Pain I tell ya! But the good news is that both computers are now fully dual-booting Ubuntu on partitions and running like a dream. I’ll probably hardly ever use windows for anything except my T.V. Tuner (because it’s not supported by linux) and gaming. Which means I probably won’t boot into vista very often.

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Ubuntu Saves the Day

So ubuntu saved My sons computer from vista….lol. The computer orginally came with XP Media center, then we upgraded to vista only to find he couldn’t play some of his games on it due to the tremndous lag by vista. So (since I only had a vista upgrade disk) I inserted the ubuntu live CD used gparted to format the hard drive to NTFS and then was able to use my original system restoration disk which came with the P.C. to reinstall xp back on the system. It worked like a charm. I plan on installing ubuntu on the second hard drive and dual-booting. Gosh I just love ubuntu!!

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Random thoughts on Ubuntu

I would just like to add that Using ubuntu has made me love using my computer again, I hadn’t just sat in front of my computer, and said “hmmm what can I do??” just for the sake of using the computer in ages, but all the sudden I found myself doing it again.

I have decided that my next pc purchase will be a ubuntu computer from the start, though that might not be for a while. Right now the only thing keeping me from wiping out windows completly is the fact that this computer is in my bedroom and I watch T.V. on it and my T.V. Tuner isn’t supported by linux. I don’t really even bother with gaming much anymore except some of the linux games I’v installed on Ubuntu.

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