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Adventures in Wireless Ubuntu

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I have an old (nearly 5 years old) PC that has fallen out with Windows. Running Windows on it is slow. Very slow. Over its life, I’ve had to do two fresh installs of XP and battle with a host of malware. Until I got a Mac, it was my main computer, but over the last few months I’ve migrated to Windows in Parallels, so I don’t use this PC at all. Time to install Ubuntu and make the PC useful again. The Ubuntu install was painless and quick. I had a USB wireless adapter that wasn’t so keen on the switch away from Windows. Having gone through a few forums and tried a few things unsuccessfully, I decided to take another tack. I picked up a cheap Netgear WG111 and followed these instructions. To get the modprobe instruction to work I needed to find ndiswrapper.ko and move it to the right location. After that, I added the MAC address to the list my wireless router accepts, used the Network thingy in the Gnome panel to join my wireless network (using WPA2) and, would you believe it, it all worked. It’s worth reading this to get over the Keyring nag.

So, a few hours, a lot of command linery (Ubuntu isn’t for you if you’re allergic to the comand line) and a false start with the USB wireless adapter and my tired, old PC has a new lease of life.  It does take a while to boot, but once booted it’s quick as you like.

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August 25, 2007 at 10:11 pm

Installing Parallels Tools in Ubuntu

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I didn’t realise that version 3.0 of Parallels allows you to install the tools for Linux OSes.  Reading the release notes for the latest build, I discovered this useful feature.  And the instructions here show you how to do it in Ubuntu.  No more Control+Alt to release the mouse for me.

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July 21, 2007 at 11:43 am

Posted in OS X, Tools, Ubuntu

It’s just a click to the right

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Want to be able to launch a terminal window from the current directory in Ubuntu?  I did.  Read this.  Problem solved.

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January 18, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Posted in Open Source, Ubuntu

Simple Ubuntu install

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For those who want to try Ubuntu and want to install it from Windows try this.  Personally, I’d opt for either running for the Live CD or running Ubuntu in VMWare (here’s a community built image for VMWare Player.)  But if it gets a few more people to try Ubuntu, it’s a good thing.

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January 18, 2007 at 10:55 pm

Packaging

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With a freshly installed copy of Edgy Eft, Synaptic Package Manager (or apt-get if you prefer the command line) is where I’ve been hanging out. The ability to search for packages and add them (automatically adding dependencies) is excellent. It means I can add the tools I need to my Ubuntu installation and be productive. I’ve got Windows Vista RC1 and Ubuntu installed under Parallels.  I’m spending a lot more time using Ubuntu and it feels more useful.

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November 20, 2006 at 11:07 pm

On the edge

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I’ve installed the Edgy Eft release of Ubuntu under Parallels. There’s a couple of useful tips in this article (the article refers to the Dapper Drake release, but I found no issues with using it for Edgy Eft) – particularly to get the screen resolution right.  As expected, the installation was easy and with only 376Mb of memory assigned, it runs well.

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November 19, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Posted in General, Open Source, Ubuntu

I am not a number

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But the next version of Ubuntu might be. Alliterative animals may no longer be in demand. Read more here.

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September 27, 2006 at 10:06 pm

Posted in General, Open Source, Ubuntu