Posts tagged ‘Ubuntu’

[conv] Why Slackers are labeled as geeks and ubuntuers as n00bs?

A conversation in LinuxQuestions forum I thought was worth sharing:

Hi Forum,
Being rather ecletic relating to “the best distro” to do a job… used several already, from RHEL/Fedoras to Suses, Ubuntus/Debians, and now Slackware… I never understood something…
Why ppl get tagged because of using Distro X, and not Distro Y…. ?
For instance, among ppl that knows I use Slackware, I am “deemed” as an arrogant person, by those that do not know me that well… some colleagues of mine that use Ubuntu, are deemed as n00bs, ppl that use FreeBSD are deemed Ultimate Geeks… etc…

Why is that so….?

Arrogant… ? how come…? conservative, maybe, reliability-fundamendalist, sure… but… “arrogant” …?

Don-t understand… don’t know enough of Distro History…. can someone please explain…?



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Triple Booting Arch,Ubuntu and Windows

So I wanted to install Ubuntu 9.10 and see how it “fails to” perform on my hard disk [as previously I tested he RCs in vbox within Arch]. Ubuntu boots up quite slow. At first a white ubuntu orb like logo appears and then the xsplash kicks in and after a while login screen comes and then it takes you to your desktop. However, the shutdown and reboot are way faster than any others’ I have seen. Just click and bam you are out of ubuntu. Anyway, I had Arch and Windows pre-installed on my hard disk and I just wanted to install ubuntu in a spare partition I had. Here is the partitioning scheme:

df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3              28G   19G  8.1G  70% /            <—–Arch’s Root
none                 1005M  140K 1004M   1% /dev
none                 1005M     0 1005M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda5             7.4G  3.1G  4.0G  44% /pkg
/dev/sda1             9.4G  5.9G  3.5G  64% /windows
/dev/sda2             9.2G  3.2G  5.6G  37% /ubuntu
/dev/sda6   swap        <——– Common swap of 2Gb for both Arch and ubuntu

So I burnt the Ubuntu 9.10 amd64 [64bit version] ISO in a DVD-RW and boot my pc from it. When the partition option comes be careful not to select anything other than the partition you want to select ubuntu on and the swap will auto-detected. Now after entering the details and everything the final overview of the installation process will appear. Click on “Advanced” tab below and deselect “install grub” option. That’s right make sure that Ubuntu doesn’t install it’s grub on your hard disk. It’s useless. I find Arch’s Grub2 much more customizable, easy to apply custom backgrounds and icons,etc. So let ubuntu install without letting it install grub anywhere. Now after all’s done reboot your computer and go to Arch. Modify the /boot/grub/grub.cfg

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Ubuntu 9.10: A disaster?

Q: What do you call a vista of Linux kind?
A: Ubuntu Karmic Koala. 😛

Karmic Failure

Fan-boys  in the ubuntuforum would have you believe that with each release of Ubuntu a lot of complaints come flooding in the forum, with karmic it’s just the same thing. But is that the sign of a “Top Linux Distribution”? Even with the so called “unstable” fedora people are happy doing an upgrade without much hazards, but ubuntu karmic koala was a disaster for many. Ubuntu forum is bombarded with criticisms and the way they carry out these bloated releases just to stick to their 6 months release cycle. Let me link you to a few of the forum posts and you see the comments and decide for yourself whether you are ready to upgrade from jaunty to karmic, cause I can assure you karmic isn’t ready for daily use. Of course, there are happy users but the ratio seems to be in favor of annoyed disappointed users.

Pull 9.10 from GA – return to BETA

Stay away from 9.10 !!!!!!!

Ubuntu 9.10 problems – Ubuntu clearly still not ready for the mainstream

How Long Do You Think It Will Take To Fix Karmic?

Any folks NOT upgrading to koala?

I only chose to post from the Community cafe section since that place is not for technical discussions but people actually speak their mind.

Personally, I found hardy heron the best Ubuntu release so far. For those who haven’t upgraded to karmic yet, my advice, DO NOT UPGRADE!  Just Stick with Jaunty, or wait a few months until they manage to polish out a few ridiculous issues like sound not working, network not detecting, display resolution getting stuck,etc. which are definitely not expected from Ubuntu, the Linux distribution that converted thousands and more windows users.

External links for reference:

[1] Bad karma for Linux koalas

[2] Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu’s Karmic Koala

[news] Ubuntu/Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala released!

Ubuntu 9.10

Congrats to all the Ubuntu fans! Today is your day.

Select a mirror nearest to you to avoid jamming the default servers.

If you lack time then just open terminal and type in:

32 bit Download:

wget -c

64 bit Download:

wget -c


32 Bit:

64 Bit:

kubuntu 9.10

For the KDE Fans, there is as always a KDE spinoff of Ubuntu, namely Kubuntu 9.10.

Select a mirror from here. Or open konsole [terminal 😉 ] and type:

For 32bit Version:

wget -c

For 64bit Version:

wget -c


32 Bit:

64 Bit:

[howto] Add extra repositories in Ubuntu/Debian


Q. What is “Bleeding Edge” ?

A: As Wiki says:

Bleeding edge is a term that refers to technology that is so new (and thus, presumably, not perfected) that the user is required to risk reductions in stability and productivity in order to use it . It also refers to the tendency of the latest technology to be extremely expensive.

The term is formed as an allusion to “leading edge” and its synonym cutting edge, but implying a greater degree of risk: the “bleeding edge” is in front of the “cutting edge”.

Q. Should I be using it?

A: Depends on you. If your needs are limited and you are well satisfied with your current softwares then I’d strongly suggest you stay away from this guide since this is for people who are ready to take the plunge and have some fun before everyone else. See take an example: Ubuntu shipped off with Firefox3.0.8,  you would have to wait for 6 more months to get another “stable” release from their official repo. And for Debian? A new software could take years to reach their “stable” repository. I don’t like to wait!

Q. What is the point of this?

A: Mostly fun, using every new software before anyone can even hear about them! Plus bug reports are very essential to make a software stable. If you don’t contribute the software could get delayed indefinitely. [Google chrome! LOL]

Q. How can i contribute?

A: Google the name of the software you are using, go to their site and read how to make bug report. Also you can join their forum and irc and engage in discussions!

Now, let’s get to the good part. Edit your sources:

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Now put according to your needs, or maybe all of them! 😀 Note you should only add the entries starting with “deb” the “##” are just comments for explaining what repo you are adding and how to add their keys. once you add all your deb repos in sources.list and run sudo apt-get update, it will complain that a lot of GPG errors, key import errors,etc etc. That’s when you have to add them using terminal!

Please note that there should be “double dash” [- -] before the words “recv,keyserver,armor and export!” WordPress text formatting shows them as a single big dash,so change it accordingly.

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[example] Compiling a custom kernel in ubuntu

Please read the tag! This is not a guide or tutorial or a howto! This is just an example to give you an idea , this is just my procedure which changes everytime with a new kernel! So do not follow this blindly!

What I did was used my Debain Sid as Host and installed ubuntu Jaunty [9.04] using virtualbox-ose. Now time for fun! 😀

Downloaded the latest kernel from

Opened a terminal and extracted the kernel .bz2 file:

$ sudo tar -xvjf ~/Desktop/linux- -C /usr/src

$ cd /usr/src/linux-

Now that we are in, there’s no getting out! 😉

So I typed in

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot libncurses5 makedumpfile gcc && sudo apt-get build-dep linux

Now wait a while lotsa commands in a single line whooo!

Done? Mkay, so let’s continue:

$ sudo make mrproper

$ sudo make menuconfig

Choose whatever you require, I tweak a lot but you probably don’t need to, just go through each options and see what you need or don’t need.

Then for the big one [woooh! This is gonna take a while! Took me an hour or so in virtualbox 😦 ]

$ sudo make

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[howto] Restore Grub

It is always recommended to install Windows first and then Linux, however if you would prefer [for some weird reasons] to do the opposite then follow this guide!


You need a Linux LIVE CD. E.g.-> ubuntu or suse or mandriva,etc etc.

Boot from your Live CD. Now open a terminal and type in:


find /boot/grub/stage1

Now it will show you the correct root partition.

root (hd0,1)   [replace 0 and 1 according to the output!]

setup (hd0)


sudo grub-install /dev/sda [or hda , whichever is your MBR]