Monday, May 5, 2008

Lots of new things in Hardy.
The world clock is simply amazing. It is what I needed. Firefox 3.0 comes pre-loaded with Hardy. I have not tried all the bells and whistle. All for free.
Simply amazing really.
If people can only try Linux maybe the world of computing will really mean the change we have been waiting for.

Migration from Gutsy To Hardy

I bought two recordable cd's at a friendly CD-r king shop last week. I have to burn the new version of Ubuntu to one of these. I worry about not being able to download right on the day itself. If I go by experience, the Ubuntu servers will again be swamped and traffic will be horrible and slow.
So I let April 24 go and started the download the next night at around 12:00am.
I had to start the next day again. The download was faulty and I didn't want to gamble on a doubt for such an important download. I used mdsum5 to check the downloaded package on my desktop folder. It remained there for three days until I was sure of the cd burn.
The cd burn went fine. Hardy booted and I chose to install it to my hard drive. I also opted to reorganize my hard drive and created another partition for the new Ubuntu version 8.04.
Ofcourse the nagging question is what to do with the data and settings to make the migration as smooth as possible. I checked the \home folder because that's where my data and settings are.

I plan to just copy \home folder and move it to the new \home folder of Hardy. Will it work? Try. One or two folders refuse the move but most about 98% of the folders were copied to the new Hardy version. I pressed cntrl+alt+del and restart. Hardy booted once more without problem and I saw my familiar T-ish brushed theme once more. Glorious!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

If Microsoft doesn't want us to have XP sp3, there are alternative operating systems available for the desktop. I use Linux with Ubuntu flavor. I happily switched to Linux from Windows XP and I have few regrets and lots of fun learning the Linux way.
The first thing I learned is the idea that computing is a community experience. The operating system is being maintained by a community of volunteers. In Ubuntu, these community is backed by a commercial entity which provides commercial support.
Ubuntu just released their latest version of Linux last April 24. You can go to any Ubuntu or Linux forum and get answers for your concerns. Linux users must be the most accomodating people in the web.