A man will die, but not his ideas.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Seven Days with Ubuntu

It has been a week now since I managed to install Ubuntu Breezy Badger on my machine. And what can I say? Thanks Shiro for suggesting Ubuntu. And Tarek, thanks for the tip. Seven days and already I can't imagine how I managed to live with something like Windows. I feel sorry for all the wasted time during which I hesitated to make this shift.

I'm still not sure whether the IT8212 IDE RAID controller problem has been solved or not since I did not move my HDD to the RAID controller after compiling the 2.6.14 Vanilla Kernel with the performance patchset by Kon Colivas (thanks to this HowTo). But hopefully I won't need to since the controller successfully identified my Sony CD-RW drive.

The only thing that is bugging me currently is the Real Media format. For some reason, the whenever I try to play files in that format using Real Player 10, there is no sound. And if I try MPlayer, both video and audio are choppy. Other than that everything is working wonderfully. I'm sharing my Internet connection with my brother's PC (he is still using Windows for stupid reasons) and am able to access and mount all his shares (thanks to Samba). Eclipse is running brilliantly and I got many counterparts of the tools I was using on Windows installed. Check the following table that shows what I was using then and what I'm using now (might help new or wanna be migrators):

Playing MP3SoniqueXMMS
Playing Various MediaMedia Player Classic, VLCMPlayer, VLC
Java DevelopmentEclipse/Sun JDKEclipse/Sun JDK
Web BrowsingFirefoxFirefox
E-Mail ClientThunderbirdThunderbird
Anti-VirusMcAfee VirusScannone (for now)
FirewallMcAfee Personal FirewallFirestarter
Download ManagerFlashGetDownload 4 X
BitTorrent ClientAzureus, uTorrentAzureus
eDonkey 2000 ClienteMuleaMule
IMMSN Messenger, Yahoo! MessengerGaim
Microsoft HTML Help (chm)N/ACHM Viewer, gnoCHM
Office ApplicationsMS Office, OpenOfficeOpenOffice
Text EditorTextPad, jEditgedit, jEdit
Web ServerIIS, ApacheApache
Burn CD/DVDNero Burning ROM, Sonic Record NowGnomeBaker, K3b

A screenshot of my current desktop

To save many people the trouble of figuring out what replaces what, in addition to the table above, check out this transition guide from PC Mechanic.

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