Sunday, March 26, 2006

Breezy Badger!

A few weeks ago I received five free copies of Ubuntu. I gave away four of the copies, keeping the last one to use on my own computer. I have not had to reformat once since I bought my computer two years ago. I primarily used my 130 GiB Windows partition, and occasionally switched over to Mandriva (20 GiB partition). I never encountered any problems, viruses, or spyware on my Windows partition. However, I decided it was time for a change. I now have a 130 GiB Ubuntu partition, and 20 GiBs for Windows.

Initially Ubuntu automatically detected the majority of my hardware, although I did have to put in some effort to get certain features working. Some of the important changes I had to make included:

-SMP (symmetric multi-processing) support
-NVIDIA drivers
-JRE (Java Runtime Environment)
-Printer drivers
-Mounting Windows partition
-MP3 decoding

I also had some problems with Flash audio being out of sync. In my opinion all of these are essential features which should have been automatically set up by the OS. Hopefully as Linux continues to evolve the initial setup time required will decrease. However, now that I have finished fixing all of the problems, I have a fully functional computer that I am very proud of ^_^. I have made a short screencast of my desktop which can be found here.

Here is a customized version of Google Maps that I made earlier today.

1 comment:

Adam Dunn said...

SMP, Printer and mounting FAT should be automatic. It is unfortunate that they aren't. NVIDIA, JRE and MP3 cannot be automatic, due to legal restrictions. These are all copyrighted, patented, closed source, or something that prevents them from being included in a standard install. Want auto NVidia? Talk to nvidia about that, not linux. want jre? talk to Sun. want mp3? talk to the mpeg-la. FAT loading may enter this category in coming years if Microsoft decides to enforce its FAT patents, as has been rumoured that they might do. SMP isn't automatic, due to security vulnerabilities in using it, perhaps Intel could do something about it (or it might be too late).