Initial impression of Ubuntu 14.04

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop yesterday and have used it enough to get an initial impression. The system runs fine, all of the hardware seems to function correctly. Compiz crashed once and unlike Xubuntu 14.04 I don’t get a system fault message about hibernation every time I start up. The message does come up after restoring the system from stand-by even though as on Xubuntu 14.04 everything seems to be working fine. This version of Ubuntu shows up with a really bad Amazon program, do yourself a favor and un-install this program the first chance you get. I get that Canonical has bills to pay, but the program just sucks. I’ll have more to post up later, but here’s a few screenshots for now:

Gnome-Chess  desktop_3

firefox  fault

Find more Ubuntu 14.04 screenshots here

Ubuntu 8.04 on a laptop

For a few short weeks I was doing a few tasks that required me to use Windows, but I am finally using Linux again. I am currently running Ubuntu 8.04 on a laptop, the Toshiba Satellite 1135-S125. It runs pretty well, I should hope so considering that most of the hardware in this computer is from Intel.

Unlike many people I seem to have no trouble using two screens. Another really cool thing that happens for some reason is that Ubuntu 8.04 somehow manages to get around the school’s web filter and proxy server, and ISA server without even being asking for authentication. I have no clue as to why this happens though.

A few problems though, the mouse on the laptop does not work and the hardware switch to turn on an internal wireless NIC is broke, I can switch it on and the wireless NIC would still stay off. The sound card also decides to put out gargled and incomprehensible sound sometimes. I shall write more on this later and put up a few new screenshots too. Those can be found here, but I prefer you to go http://ccna01.oxyhost.com/blog/?page_id=32.

Sin Cere,

Dirk Limon

Running Packet Tracer 4.11 in Wine

I am so glad that I got Packet Tracer 4.11 to run in Wine. That gives me one less reason to have to use Windows. I am guessing that many of you reading this do not know what Packet Tracer is, so I shall explain it to you. Packet Tracer is a network simulator put out by Cisco for free. Here are a few screenshots. Forgive me for such a short post but I must get back to work now. Have a good night everyone.

More than a few criticisms of Linux

A few days ago I stumbled onto this website called Planete Beranger, and read some of this man’s mostly accurate problems and criticisms of Linux. You can read his post here, but I think that I can accurately sum up most of it. I would also be very grateful if you either leave a comment of your thoughts on this or e-mail them to me.

The first and main point of his was that bugs often never get fixed in many versions of Linux, Gnome, KDE, etc. because for some reason a completely new version has to be released every six months even though often times it takes a couple of months for a “stable” version to be working properly. I also fail to understand why the system needs to be completely redone every six months. Another one of his complaints (the one I agree with the most) is that there is essentially no consistency and/or real organization in the open source world. Another problem he mentions is that many programs built for KDE have a hard time running in Gnome and vice versa.

A part of this man’s argument that many Linux user’s will probably not like is there really is hard to give good reasons for Windows user’s to use Linux. I have also found it rather hard to promote Linux to anyone.  There are also no really large commercial backers of desktop environments which is a great hindrance to (coherent) development. And if you have looked around the Gnome and KDE websites they could use a lot of work. He also goes over the fact that visual effects like a spinning cube are really not that important especially when the actual features required to do work often break in the newest release of something.

It also seems that distrobutions of Linux that use Gnome are using only single-panel layout(I did not know this one) which makes no sense considering that now you generally need to have two panels to hold everything.

He was also talking about Hans Reiser a little. It seems he was convicted of murderering his wife. I have no real information on this so I will not say much about it.

After this he goes off on a few different topics such as: problems with sub-pixel rendering, inconsistent patent policy in some versions of Linux, an article Britannica, and a few other things.

Mr. Beranger also got his Bugzilla account banned (look here) after asking for some documentation and offending some Gnome developer who would no just write up some short documentation. From what I read on the previous link I cannot blame Mr. Beranger for being angry at the Gnome developers.

It seems that he also used KDE 4 and found it to be rather annoying to use. I guess that I am not alone in thinking that maybe KDE 4 should have been released at least six months later.

My article about Chess in Linux also got mentioned in his website. Again, I do not fault him for saying that those chess games were not very good, that is why I stated that the games I went over needed a lot of work.

After this he goes over a few applications, how the internet is not going to shut down because it is unlikely that we will not have enough IPv4 addresses. There are these little things called Variable Length Subnet Masks, NAT, private addresses, and IPv6 is slowly being adopted. I am a CCNA, I like to at least think that I know something about networking.

Before I close this, I read a few other interesting things on this site. If you go to ubuntustats.com you will see that there are so many bugs in Ubuntu 8.04, this really should have been released in another six months to a year. And it seems I am not the only one who’s keyboard and mouse would just stop working for some odd reason.

To sum up, I believe most of his criticisms of Linux to be well-founded and accurate, although I wish that he did not bring politics into it (I am far more conservative than Mr. Beranger). Mr. Beranger wrote a pretty good article, at least I think so anyway. Please let me know what you think. I have some trigonometric identities to verify now, some other work to do, and I will be watching Ironman in a few hours, so that is all for now. Good day.

HPLIP troubles in Ubuntu 8.04

I had some problems with my HP Deskjet F4180 All-in-One, the scanner part anyway. I downloaded the HPLIP utility through Synaptic, installed it, and set up my printer using “sudo hp-setup“. The printing part worked fine, but scanning to my computer always failed in Ubuntu 8.04. There was no such problem in earlier versions of Ubuntu. So I looked around at ubuntuforums.org, then went to hplip.sourceforge.net, and downloaded HPLIP 2.8.4(automatic installer), saving it to my desktop.

To installed this utility, first run the command “cd” in whatever directory you saved the HPLIP utility in (example: “cd /home/dirk/desktop”), and then run “sh-hplip 2.8.4.run“. Make sure that you have your Linux installation disc ready. Once running the last command given in the terminal, you have a few different installation options which are: automatic, a web installer, and custom(what I used). You should be able to figure it out from here but I have attached many pictures just in case some part of my instructions made no sense. Godspeed to you.

Installing HPLIP 2.8.4

part 1                              part 2                           part 3                        part 4                       part 5

part 6                          part 7

I can finally use XSane.