Ubuntu Update

July 14th, 2008 @

It’s now day two of my Ubuntu quest and I’ve made pretty good progress. After following this Wolfenstein Enemy Territory tutorial I’ve gotten it to work but I still have to work on a way to add echo “et.x86 0 0 direct” > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/oss to my startup so sound works all the time. I also managed to copy my profile from my windows drive so it saved my settings and experience.

Speaking of profiles I also copies my Firefox profile over. The profile instructions at Mozilla were very helpful, especially after I figured out that the page was auto-adjusting it’s locations depending on my operating system. Later I found the buttons on the top that allow you to manually override. Pretty snazzy.

I have managed to ‘crash’ the system a few times. Enemy Territory seems to cause some graphics problems. I also haven’t had much luck with streaming Windows Media Video. Both Totem and VLC will read the video but both seem to cause graphic instability and crashes.

Also Gnome seems to like ditching title bars from time to time. I’ve found a logout and re-login work to get it back it place.

I’m actually a bit surprised at the crashes and quirks. I knew there would be issues, but I expected Linux to die gracefully and perhaps offer some information. It looks like I’m going to have to do some digging if I’m going to get to the bottom of it.

Also Linux doesn’t seem to know if I have my headphones plugged in at boot. I remember Windows also doing this and me needing some stupid driver loaded in the background to make it work correctly. This is a minor annoyance though which is easily remedied by unplugging and plugging back in the headphones.

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