Trying out Xubuntu 14.04

I’ve recently installed Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) on my old Sony Vaio laptop. So far everything seems to be working, although sometimes after starting up I will get a system error message about hibernation problems. Both times it showed the fault after starting up from a shutdown condition and nothing seemed to be working incorrectly. I’ll post up more on my experiences later but here’s a few screenshots for now.

desktop problem_1 problem_2 screenshot-2 file system update_2

More screenshots can be seen here.


It’s been a while…

So as anyone reading this can tell, it’s been quite a while since I have posted anything at all here. Two years of training to be a nuclear technician in the USN and four years on a submarine will do that I guess. Soon enough I’ll get around to trying out new Linux systems and various other toys. Stay tuned…

How well did PC-BSD 1.5 work for me?

Pretty well actually. The system was stable, I had few problems, except for the fact that I always had to run PC-BSD in safe mode. I wonder what the difference between starting up normally and starting up in safe mode is? I also managed to fail in installing the Nvidia graphic driver, so I was unable to take any screenshots of playing a video or DVD.

I was able to find enough programs to get some use out of BSD. I went to that are easy to install since all you have to do is double click on the PBI file to install it, which is much easier than dealing with a tarball. Some of the programs I had installed were K3B, OpenOffice, Firefox, KTorrent, Kaffeine, Amarok, JRE 1.5and a few other things that just come with the KDE desktop environment.

It was also nice that with PC-BSD some codecs and Adobe Flash Player(only 7 though) was already installed and set up for me. It was mostly effortless to use PC-BSD 1.5, although I wish that I did not have to start it in safe mode on the system I was able to use it on. So if you also would like to try PC-BSD 1.5 just go to  You can also find my screenshots here.

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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

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.