Ubuntu 9.04 is now in beta and I’m tempted to upgrade. I want to help test it. I even started “update-manager-kde -d”, but it warned me that since the new version is not yet fully tested, it could make my computer unstable, release a new strain of computer virus, kill babies, and reinstate Bush Junior as president. So I canceled. Am I chicken?
That situation makes me awfully uncomfortable. It happens with every binary Linux distribution I have tried. It never occurs in Gentoo, however, where all upgrades are incremental. Breakage happens, but when it does, I only have to fix or revert a relatively small part, not the whole system. It appears that such incremental upgrades are only manageable with a source-based distribution, but of course a source-based distribution requires more technical skills.
I think I’ll stick with Ubuntu right now because its support for KDE 4 is better than what Gentoo currently offers. From what I can tell, Gentoo got in a big fight over how to package KDE 4, causing them to fall behind in stabilizing KDE 4. That fight seems to be over now, so perhaps Gentoo will catch up and lead again. I will seriously consider a switch when Gentoo marks the latest version of KDE 4 as stable.
These step by step instructions describe how to install Plone on Ubuntu with RelStorage connected to MySQL as the main database. Familiarity with Linux systems administration is expected. Update: These instructions were revised in August 2009 for Plone 3.2.3 and RelStorage 1.2.0.
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I just found a good call recorder for Skype on Linux and I thought I’d share the link, since search engines like Google are apparently not yet aware of it. Install it and start interviewing for podcasts. 🙂
I recently bought a laptop for my new job. I chose an HP dv9933cl, intending to install Ubuntu on it. The verdict? It’s great! I bought it from CostCo rather than Newegg because I wanted to avoid shipping in case I needed to replace it, but so far I see no need to replace it.
It has a 17″ screen, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Intel Core 2 Duo, a LightScribe DVD writer, SD card slot, WiFi (802.11abgn), nVidia graphics, and all the regular ports you’d expect. It comes with Windows Vista, which is OK for watching movies, but it’s not the right environment for getting work done. 🙂
Ubuntu 8.10 installed with hardly a hitch. I installed all of the drivers I needed from a standard Ubuntu mirror. The wi-fi didn’t work on the first boot, but apparently something sorted itself out and it began working (and hasn’t stopped working) on the second boot. The wi-fi has better range than any laptop I’ve used before. I can put the laptop to sleep just by closing the lid. Compiz (for desktop 3D effects) works well. The SD card reader works. Even the unusual little infrared remote control that came with the laptop works.
I suspect most laptops in the HP Pavilion dv9000 line will have similar success with Linux. I wish HP would publish something that says Linux works well on it.