New Software!

I am trying to get back to apartment hunting, but the lure of Google Earth is too great. I just installed version 5.0 on my machine. Before the Ubuntu upgrade to 9.04 I couldn’t get 5.0 to run for more than a few seconds, so I have that to be happy about today.

Ahhh… Ubuntu… not the distro I wanted to use, but it is working.

I come from a Fedora background but Fedora 10 was bad for me. It would run at first and then when it did its first software update it ate my NIC drivers and refused to connect to anything. Sometimes it would segfault when I restarted. Bye bye Fedora, it was fun while it lasted.

I flirted with OpenSuse briefly as well, but after a very pleasant installer experience, I restarted only to find that the well-designed installer had eaten my MBR.

So I tried Ubuntu. It worked immediately, but was lacking a few features I needed. For example, even if you are installing off a LiveCD, what kind of Linux comes without LVM? It took a little CLI work, but I got that working. The community is good, the forums are helpful, and the distro is well-balanced and clean. After a bit of time with vanilla Ubuntu, I switched to the Kubuntu desktop. KDE 4.2 is usable and far better than 3.5 as far as I am concerned.

My Linux excursion has been pleasant this time, and the upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04 went smoothly. The upgrade finally got my Sansa View mp3 player functional with Linux, but the new version of Amarok (my favored music player) has left me cold. Version 2.0 seems to be completely incapable of pushing playlists to the View, and as far as I can tell, to any other player either. My choice words to Amarok’s devs – don’t move to a new version unless you can support features you had on the last one.

Speaking of my Sansa View and Linux, it has some strange behavior when it is plugged in. When I am in KDE and plug it in, it fails to connect for a bit then shuts itself off and restarts. If Amarok is running, it will connect properly. When I am in Gnome and plug it in, it gets properly mounted, but functionality is still a bit strange. I used GEdit to change a playlist I had on the device, but it wouldn’t let me save it as a new file. I could overwrite the old list, but couldn’t create a new one.

Oh well, enough for today. I have more books to sort and old media to destroy. I am thinking of doing a post on hard drive destruction for computer novices, because paranoia isn’t just a mental derangement – it’s a survival trait.

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