June 2nd, 2009

Linux Inside

Linux Day 1

Linux Day 1:

Last night I installed kUbuntu on Khaine, and it mostly went well.
A couple of snags were hit, but with the right blessings of the Omnissiah and incense to soothe the Machine's spirit all was soon well and I was booting into a new and strange Operating system.

Unlike last time I tried Ubuntu, Nvidia had provided a fairly simply way of enabling Dual-Monitor output. Getting it to save the configuration changes were a different matter as I had to run the program as root and there was no obvious way of doing that.
Coming from Windows I'm used to holding Shift + Right Clicking when I need to do something with elevated credentials.
Never mind though, ridding the galaxy of Xenos, Mutants and Heretics is a journey, not a destination and with the help of digitalangel I managed to overcome this obstacle as well.
Ok, that's an exaggeration, she told me step by step what to do :-D
A couple of reboots later, and Ubuntu is now stretched across two monitors.

A nice thing about Linux is of course the sheer amount of free software available and I was soon on MSN again courtesy of Pidgin.
I found a couple of Solitaire clients which I'll be trying out later ^_^
Firefox has all my usual add ons installed so the most important things have been taken care off.

Now we come to the 'To Do List' for the evening:
1) Install VMWare
2) Find an e-mail client that allows IMAP access to Hotmail
3) Figure out how to mount additional hard drives!!! (I may have solved this one...)
4) Figure out how to 'map'/connect to network shares so they are always there when I log in!!!
5) Find a decent WinAmp replacement
6) Find a good video player (I'm guessing VLC will be the choice here)
7) Go to the gym
8) Make a big tasty burger
9) Eat a big tasty burger
10) Paint either some Tau or a Razorback
300 Angry

And another thing about Windows 7...

And another thing that quite frankly pissed me off about Windows 7 was the way you couldn't right click an application and chose 'Move' anymore.
Sometimes an application would have it's titel bar a little bit outside the edge of the monitor and you wouldn't be able to drag it anywhere because of it.
Some applications would 'snap' back into the area covered by the monitor when you resized it, but mostly they didn't.
with previous editions of windows you could right click on the application on the taskbar and then chose 'move' when this happened so you could move it to where you could drag it around...
But Windows 7 knows best, and it knows that you don't need to drag your applications around. You'd have to be a fool and a communist to want to do that.
And while on the subject of the taskbar. In previous versions of Windows, MSN messenger would get minimised nicely to the system tray. but in Windows 7 you get a nice big box on your task bar which just doesn't go away. Argh!
Sigh...

I liked Windows 2000. It was great.
Windows XP SP1 improved on all the good stuff, and I was happy with that.
Vista 32bit always seemed lukewarm to me and I ditched it, but Vista 64bit rocked and I liked it despite it's few faults.
Those faults were then exacerbated a 1000fold in Windows 7.
It's almost as if Microsoft asked itself: Hey, let's find all the really fcking annoying and broken things in Windows Vista and run with them...
Lets see if we can make something so rubbish that even our loyal followers will be turned away by this piece of pusfilled shit'...

Even Nurgle couldn't make something this vile...