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Windows + Linux= Each has their place

Posted by anjilslaire on May 20, 2012

So a couple months back I repartitioned my desktop to give more drive space to Windows 7, and also to boot first. I’ve also got Ubuntu 12.04 on the secondary partition still in use. I’ve also added a 1TB drive for my media storage.

After much thought I came to the conclusion that Windows made more sense as a daily driver in my house for a few reasons:
I run Xbox 360s on my TVs for gaming and media playback (netflix, youtube, streaming client for my M4Vs, etc). It only makes sense to take advantage of the native compatibility between the two. I’m eventually going set up DVR functionality on my Win7 box so using the 360 as a set top box is natural.
I like to play PC games occasionally. Hooked to my 42″ HDTV makes my PC much more fun, including gaming thats not on the console.

Now, I still use Linux for many uses, including exclusively on my netbook, which lives next to my chair in the living room. I love the ease of updating, raw speed and lack of malware on linux. But I think it’s ridiculous to ignore the advantages of certain platforms for no good reason. Many people will have good reasons. In this case, I don’t anymore.

Huge Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft, so I guess I have no credibility. Think what you will.

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Hate Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Posted by anjilslaire on April 8, 2011

Just my own opinion of course. Installed it on a box @work. Boy am I glad I can opt for ‘Classic’ mode from GDM and keep compiz and Gnome intact…
And yes I used Unity on the Netbook edition on the Mini 9 previously. Made me switch to Gnome on the small screen as well after being a big fan of the Netbook interface.
Please don’t make me switch to XFCE again, too.

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Maverick Netbook impressions

Posted by anjilslaire on October 12, 2010

So I installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meercat on the Mini 9 the other day, and after a bit of adjustment to the new GUI, I think it’s a nice release. Everyrhing worked straight out of the install. With my replacement Intel 3945 wifi card, my system doesn’t need any restricted drivers to work.

Of course, the factory Broadcom wifi card shouldn’t have any driver issues in the future since Broadcom open sourced their drivers.

Boot time is improved, and there are actually 4 work spaces, like gnome. Also, there’s a slick menu on the left side, saving the limited vertical resolution.

The only real tweaks I’ve made include disabling the user list in GDM, so you need to type the user name as well as password. This is a very portable system. Should it be stolen, why would I want to give the thieves half of my login credentials? The code to do this is:

sudo gconftool-2 –direct –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory –type Boolean –set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list True

Also, I’m not a fan of Empathy, so I replace it with Pidgin. Gwibber rocks for Twitter, though.

By the way, Wesnoth plays nicely at 1024×600 while mobile.

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Battery in place, Maverick incoming

Posted by anjilslaire on October 9, 2010

Got the new 8cell battery for the Mini 9, and its great. Full charge reports 10:20 battery time, & I think that’s pretty accurate.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick is coming tomorrow, and I can’t wait to install & check out the new Unity netbook GUI. I’ve been running the x64 Beta of regular Ubuntu and is pretty slick, so I don’t anticipate many isues with this release.

On that note (and I know I tweeted about it) while we may see the bits already available in some places, its recommended not to grab them until the official release is announced due to last-minute possibleĀ  changes. Full details & explanation here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1589308.

I’ll be grabbing the torrent from a local university.

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New battery enroute for Mini 9

Posted by anjilslaire on October 4, 2010

So I saw that mydigitaldiscount has a replacement extended battery in stock for the Dell Mini 9. My current original 3-cell battery is completely dead, so I’m hoping the new 8-cell will do the trick.

I should have it in a week, and will post results later. Hopefully my netbook will be resurrected in time for 10.10

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BIOS A06 updated on Mini 9 sans Windows

Posted by anjilslaire on July 8, 2010

So I packaged up the Windows A06 bios for the Dell Mini 9 in a dos-bootable form, available on Olylug.org here: http://olylug.org/read.php?1,20142.

Just extract the zip onto a dos-bootable usb drive, and from a DOS prompt, cd to \910A06\ and run 910A06.BAT.

I’ve been waiting to update my linux netbook, and finally got around to it. Too bad Dell doesn’t make it easy šŸ˜¦

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Ubuntu Netbook Lucid -restore Volume

Posted by anjilslaire on May 15, 2010

Just a quick note/self-reminder.

So I don’t use Evolution. Webmail is more my thing. After installing the 10.4 release of Ubuntu Netbook Edition on the Mini 9, I remove Evolution to save a bit of space on the SSD.

However, this removed the volume Control icon on the top panel. I also discovered that in 10.4 UNE, the panel is locked, and you cannot add new icons easily.

Never fear. After 2 days of looking, I have the answer: Open your terminal & do as follows:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

Log out & back in. Done. Thank me later.

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Sword of Fargoal: Xbox Live, please

Posted by anjilslaire on April 24, 2010

I’ve been a fan of Fargoal for 20+ years on the c64. It was always a primary reason for me to keep an emulator handy, to play for a few minutes (Yay for save states!). Then I discovered Fargoal.com and until last year (I think) they had ported it to PC & MAC with the source code included so it ran with slightly updated graphics on Windows, Linux, and Mac. I can’t really describe my enthusiasm, actually.

They provided the files free, and had a PayPal donation button to help fund further developments. I could play it anywhere: On my desktop, on my netbook natively in linux, emulated on my PSP in its original c64 release. Joy, Joy!

Nowadays, it’s apparently a hit on the iPhone, with much improved graphics. I think that’s awesome. Really.

But Jeff, please continue to provide at least the old port for the PC, andĀ  even more importantly, release the new version onto Xbox Live. I’d happily pay 800 MS Points to fire it up on the 360. Hey, Lode Runner is available. Please let us enjoy what was one of the best games ever on the commodore getĀ  some much-deserved multiplatform love.

Either way, I think everyone with an iPhone should roll over and check it out.

Oh, and Android would be cool, too šŸ˜‰

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Wesnoth: Netbook style

Posted by anjilslaire on February 14, 2010

So after a clean install of Karmic on the Mini 9, I decided to try some games on it again. 1st up was a perennial favorite: Battle for Wesnoth. a simple

sudo apt-get install wesnoth

and I was in business.Ā  However, while the game is not terribly resource-intensive, it was a bit of a trick getting it to display properly on the 1024×600 screen, due to the bottom of the main game screen being off of the display, with no amount of moving it helping. Also, the preferences option was unavailble as well.

The solution is simple:

wesnoth –smallgui

This loaded the game at a lower resolution, allowing me to get into Preferences>Display>Change Resolution.

Bam, they even have an option for 1024×600 natively :). Now the game plays great, and remembers the resolution set in the GUI.

Next time I’ll see about getting a native linux install of Neverwinter Nights on the netbook. Now that would be some RPG fun on the go…

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Gridwars, Karmic-style

Posted by anjilslaire on December 8, 2009

So, I became a fan of GridWars inĀ  no small part to RedDead’s article on Ubuntumini.com.

However, under Karmic Koala, GridWars refuses to launch, even with the changes to the config file. This is due to the game requiring libstdc++.so.5, which simply is not available in Ubuntu 9.10 When running the game, you get:

/Downloads/gridwars_lin$ ./gridwars
./gridwars: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Also, if you use a deb from getdeb.net built for Intrepid or Jaunty, the installer reports an unresolveable dependency.

The solution is to install libstdc++.so.5. From where? Get a handy .deb from packages.debian.org. It installs perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10, and then you can install Gridwars from the official page here.

I’ve had issues getting the gridwars .debs to run properly on the netbook remix due to the resolution even after setting the config, so I just get the archive & run it after installing the libstdc++.so.5. Works great.

Give it a whirl.

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