Friday, October 30, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10

We, let the install party begin.

I downloaded the installation CD images for Ubuntu 9.10, just released Oct. 29, 2009, and I am ready to rumble.

I hope you noticed that the Microsoft Commercials for "Win7 install parties" were deliberately not called "Win7 upgrade parties" ... no doubt because upgrading from Vista to Win7 will be NO PARTY.

On Steve's Dell laptop it went from 8.10 to 9.04 and then 9.10.

On Kirsten's Dell laptop it went from 8.04 to 8.10 to 9.04 like a dream.

So, see if you can get Microsoft Vista to upgrade to Win7 without loss of data or intervention of any kind .... for free.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm in love with ... python

I have done it. I never thought I would fall victim to a middle age crisis, but, it just happened. #15 was the charm.

After learning 14 other computer languages I found the love of my life.

Python, with wxPython for GUI, wxGlade for GUI layout and postgres for the database.

What can I tell you. With almost no thought or effort the code just falls from my fingertips. Even for a novice GUI developer ... it is nearly effortless.

lists, dictionaries, tuples, object oriented design and I'm still on version 2.6.

Be still my heart.

The efficiency of assembler.
The constant thought required of VB.
The speed of C.
The mind numbing perl with books covering my desk.

I will miss all of them.

The bright side ?

I love coding even more than I did already.

Please don't tell my boss, but, I would do this for free.

Acer Aspire One A0751-1279

Well, I took the plunge. I traded Walmart.com $298.00 for an Acer Aspire One, free shipping, site-to-store.

I love it.

The Vista that came with the machine never had a chance.
No kindness.
No dual boot.
No shot at breathing the breath of life.
I booted Knoppix, partitioned the hard drive, and infused it with Fedora 11 (sorry Steve, but Ubuntu 9.04 did not support the Wifi chip).

The specs on the machine are:

* Intel Atom, Z520 (1.33GHz / 512 KB L2 cache / 533FSB), US15W
* 11.6" Widescreen, Glossy, 1366 x 768 (WXGA/LED)
* MGA500 Graphics (Poulsbo), shared memory, Aux VGA output
* 2GB, DDR2 667
* 250G HD
* 6-in-1 Card Reader
* Web Camera
* RJ-45 Ethernet Jack
* WiFi 802.11b/g
* Bluetooth
* 3 USB 2.0 Ports
* 3 Cell Battery with 4 hour runtime

I put on Fedora, went out to AdamW's site (for the Poulsbo driver) and setup the video for 1366x768. The sound, wifi, ethernet and all worked out of the box.

The little guy is FAST.

The CPU is hyperthreaded (almost like a dual core) and has a 64bit register set.

It plays flash video just fine ... and so far has just been a joy to drive.

Big C

Being a truck driver, Steve runs into a good many people from different walks of life. Basically, anyone shipping large items is going to need the services of a trucking company at some point in time.

Steve has never been one to come up short on opinions. If he loves a product, or hates it, you're likely to hear about.

"Big C" works at a company that enlists the services of Steve's employer, so it would be unlikely that "Big C" has heard Steve relating his Linux stories.

Well, not to long ago Steve gave "Big C" a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 and a demo of Ubuntu on Steve's Dell Ubuntu Laptop (Inspiron 1545N).

"Big C" was impressed, but still had questions about journey from Windows to Linux. The Ubuntu disk sat patiently by until one of "Big C"'s Windows boxes fell to a crafty virus and refused to access the internet.

Well, I answered one question on the phone and "Big C" installed Ubuntu from that CD. He ended up with an Ubuntu Linux 9.04 partition that could access the internet and the accomplishment of creating a "dual boot" machine with Windows and Ubuntu.

I didn't ask "Big C" how many times he had installed an operating system before, but, it would not surprise me if that was his first.

Somehow, I doubt it will be his last.