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Fully-Loaded with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft+ November 23, 2006

Posted by NAyK in First Impressions, Flash 9, Linux, Ubuntu, Working on Linux.
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It wasn’t easy, but now my Ubuntu 6.10 loaded with Automatix, finally gives me almost everything that I could need to work at the office.

1. I have printer access.

2. I have network access.

How did I get here? Well, I installed network manager through Automatix, but that didn’t work. Then I installed a KDE application, that didn’t work. Then I installed some samba stuff, whatever I thought looked interesting… most of it was random (appeal to the eye/sense installs)… and then I went through connect server in Ubuntu and finally everything worked. Took about 1.5 hours.

(updated on 21 November: I didn’t check the wifi connection and guess what? When I tried it, it DIDN’T work. And I have no idea how to get it to work. I have tried installing all wifi managers I know, and it’s still not working. In fact, I can see that there is a wifi signal, I’m just not able to connect to it. Anyway…)

3. I have most of the multimedia codecs, to play movies/music etc.

(The only thing I don’t have right now is Flash 9. I tried it through many means, but it still didn’t work.)

4. Of course I have internet access.

5. I think most of my graphics capabilities are enabled (though I doubt I’ll be able to do 3D, but I may try later).

6. I have the system configured to my taste… I really like the left sidebar, and I’ve put links to what I want. It already feels more intuitive and userfriendly than Windows.

What I don’t have.

1. Like I said earlier, I don’t have Flash 9.

2. But more importantly, my sound is very soft, unlike in Windows. (update: I found out I needed to keep pressing the keyboard’s volume control to get it high, even though Ubuntu’s visual volume control showed full. I wonder, if that was the problem in SUSE too?) So, if I was playing movies, or even music, the sound is barely audible. I’ve tried all the settings I know, but still it’s the same. I faced a similar problem with openSUSE, but I thought it was only a SUSE thing. I just assumed that other distro’s would be better… so I didn’t test Linux sound on my Lenovo laptop. Now, with everything enabled, I still feel like there’s something missing. But no matter, Ubuntu’s sound is marginally better than openSUSE here… and I don’t need to use too much of sound stuff anyway. Interestingly, the system sound (the test sound is a beeeep) is ok. Just the rich sounds are problematic.

How do I feel?

Well I’m feeling quite excited with having a solid system here. Already I feel I can show it off etc. I think I’m now going to work primarily on Ubuntu for a while, and get a more true-to-life feel with this distro. Let’s see how that goes.

And finally, I hope I will be able to shift from “working ON linux” to “working WITH linux”.

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1. jr - December 13, 2006

FYI: I had the same problem with the sound card, the way that I fixed it was by right-clicking the sound icon in the top right hand of the screen and then selecting Preferences. In that box, I could select the sound card to to operate- which fixed the problem.

– JR
http://www.johnrays.com

2. jayman - December 14, 2006

Automatix Rocks! — Wish Ubuntu just came configured with all of the goodies, it really makes Ubuntu more than usuable (I have since deleted windows)

3. alex - August 3, 2007

Hello,

where can I get this wonderful wallpaper with the tower on the field?

4. alex - August 3, 2007

please send me a link…

Thanks

damienmdk@yahoo.de

5. NAyK - August 4, 2007

Hey Alex: the link to the wallpaper is: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Th_URch?content=37932

Hope that helps.


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