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jawtheshark's Journal: I have to give Ubuntu 11.04 some slack. 9

Journal by jawtheshark

As I still haven't really decided how I'll finally install the Foxconn NT535, I wanted to give Ubuntu 10.04 LTS a shot. I installed it from CD (for a change, should have gone PXE, but I needed a CD anyway so I could repartition the i7 laptop... Which I still haven't turned on... *sigh*)

Anyway, during install.... Kernel Oops related to wpa_supplicant. This stalled the installation at about 79% and there was nothing I could do to get it running again.

Conclusion: the horrible experience related to wireless is not limited to the latest incarnation of Ubuntu. It's been there all the time. This means, most likely, that the firmware is absolute and utter crap and that's not their fault.

The remaining criticism stays valid, though. It also explains why my Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop worked just fine with 11.04, apart from Unity sucking and VueScan not running.

Luckily, I'm the type of person who separates data from operating system, so reinstalling anything is pretty easy.

According to my wife, I spend too much time with my computers lately. So, I haven't done much in the last days... I really should have found me a geek girl, or stayed single. ;-)

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I have to give Ubuntu 11.04 some slack.

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  • Wireless is a mess, no matter how you look at it. Give it another 5 years (sigh)

    According to my wife, I spend too much time with my computers lately.

    Probably true ... like the majority of us ... (so what else is new?)

    So, I haven't done much in the last days...

    You can always go into the big blue room ... just bring some sunblock ...

    I really should have found me a geek girl, or

    ... or ... ?

    Family feud slashdot version - top 5 answers were
    [_] I really should have found me a geek girl, or at least

    • Yes, I know slackware is great. Just takes a tad more time to get it right. I was a slackware user in my initial Linux days.

      Wireless is a mess, no matter how you look at it. Give it another 5 years (sigh)

      In 5 years... Just like there will be fusion in 20 years, eh?

      Probably true ... like the majority of us ... (so what else is new?)

      I always wonder what exactly she expected when marrying a computer nerd. Love truly is blind. Should, I be worried she sees it now? ;-)

      You can always go into the big blue roo

      • by tomhudson (43916)
        Sulfa drugs are bacteriacides. However sulfa-buse is NOT a drug. Say it fast, and it comes out like this: sulf-abuse, which is the sound of one hand clapping ...

        Now, in answer to your question - should you be worried? Nah, because worrying about it won't change a thing, will it?

        Get out, go for a bike ride, or read a book and work on your suntan, just go for a walk to nowhere and back for an hour or so ... or visit the local dead-tree store (new or used).

        It's good for your health and your head space

        • Okay, I get the sulf-abuse now :-) The question regarding the worry, was more rethorical anyway. :-D It really didn't require a reply.

          My wife's been saying I should get more out in the open. For my health and all. She's probably right, but I have such limited time. Need to be there at work: 8h/day, mandatory 1h lunch -I hate that-, and it's now fucking metered.. Idjits... Great for working morale, especially for people like me who are not at the office all the time for work related reasons. Then ther

          • by tomhudson (43916)

            My wife's been saying I should get more out in the open. For my health and all. She's probably right, but I have such limited time. Need to be there at work: 8h/day, mandatory 1h lunch -I hate that-, and it's now fucking metered.. Idjits... Great for working morale, especially for people like me who are not at the office all the time for work related reasons. Then there is grocery shopping, the stuff my wife tells me to do, cooking, etc, etc... (Yes, the whole thing hangs on me... Her lessened mobility real

  • by Tet (2721) *

    VueScan not running

    OK... why? I know you've said elsewhere that GIMP/SANE don't give you what you need and so you run VueScan. Having never tried it, what's so good about it? I have to say, scanning from GIMP using SANE gives me everything I need (scanned images, networked scanner), so I've never had a need to try anything else. What makes VueScan better?

    • Actually, we stumbled upon it because we have a Minolta Dimage and Sane doesn't support it at all. Being used to the crappy Windows software that usually ships with scanners and on Linux only the (very dated, and initially confusing GUI) XSane, VueScan was a breath of fresh air. It's multi-platform, not expensive and it also allowed me to continue to use my wifes scanner (a Canon LiDE 20) which is... not supported under Mac OS X. That was a big surprise to me. The "almighty" OS X didn't support a scanner

      • by Tet (2721) *

        I don't know if GIMP/SANE can do Multi-Page PDF

        Errrr... no. That's not something I'd have expected from an image scanning application. I'd expect it to, you know, scan images! And actually, that's all that SANE is - a means of getting data from the scanner. What you do with it afterwards is up to you. But it's trivial to write a shell script[1] to scan the images, convert them to PDFs and combine them into a single multipage PDF. I've just never needed to do so. I'm sure if there were sufficient demand, it

        • Obviously your points are valid. However Windows scanning packages do that out of the box these days, yes even the bundled ones. It's kinda expected. I can assure you the WinXP package that came with the LiDE 20 did it. How old is that scanner? More than 7 years because she had it before we knew each other and I've been married to her for 6 years.

          I'm sure I could have looked into it and found it, but since I already had VueScan, why bother? If you have to deal with a lot of administrations where you

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