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


Celestia, an amazing astronomy program

One of the more interesting programs I’ve used recently on Linux is Celestia. I installed it on Xubuntu 14.04 using the Ubuntu Software Center a few days ago. This program allows you to go through the various moons, planets, stars, galaxies, etc. throughout the universe. Unlike other programs where you are tied down to the Earth, Celestia allows the user to move throughout the galaxy and gain different perspectives of the various objects that exist in our universe. Some other things the program can do is to: illustrate the orbits of objects around each other, speed up or slow down time to observe objects rotate around each other, tells you how far you are from the target, track an object, establish synchronous orbit, lists a decent amount of information as seen from your current perspective of the object, and label the various galaxies, constellations, and other heavenly groupings.

While this program may not show the utmost level of detail when up-close to heavenly bodies, but I believe it is an amazing program that is well worth spending some time on. This program is a very detailed and of course free way to explore the stars. The program isn’t even that big. Here are a few sample screenshots.

Titan  J_Herschel_5173_A

al niyat   Polaris

This program is also available to Windows and Mac OS X users. Here’s the developer website for anyone that’s interested. Look here for more amazing screenshots of Celestia.

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.