Tuesday, May 29, 2007

moved to pclinuxos2007

Yesterday I moved from Ubuntu (edgy xubuntu) to Plinux0s2007 (PCLOS). I have been reading a lot of very good reviews of PCLOlS and I decided to give it a try since it came as a live cd with an option to install.

I tried the live cd and I liked how PLCOS worked. I have had a few minor problems with xubuntu, such as fash 9 not working well), and when I tried these functions on PCLOS they worked fine. I decided to install PCLOS on my lap top as a dual boot option, but in the process of doing this I totally screwed up my hard drive and lost all my data.

This is not such a big deal since I have all my important stuff backed up off-line. I decided that rather than reinstall ubuntu, I would install PCLOS instead. The install went well and was super easy. I reloaded all my key data and was up and running in a couple of hours. I then installed some programs from the PCLOS repository and configured my system the way I like it (e.g. xfce4 instead of kde, etc.).

So far everything works like a charm and, in general , I like it better than ubuntu (which I liked a lot).

Thursday, May 03, 2007

no windows on laptop

Today, I removed the Windows partition and moved my home directory into the freed up space. I followed the instructions from the IBM linux site and they worked fine. I did notice that in fdisk, the former windows partition was still shown as an ntfs partition so I used the fdisk command to change it to a linux partion (code 83). Parted had shown the partion as a linux partion so I don't think I really needed to change the code in the paartion table, but I like everything to be in sync.

In about a week or so I will delete the contens of the old home partition. At some point I may expand the root partion but it's not anything I need to do anytime soon.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

remove windows from my lap top

I have had my laptop for over a year now and it has been a dual boot system. I have a 60 gig hard drive and 20 gig (33%) is used for windows. I have not used windows on this machine in over a year and I am now seriously thinking of removing it and using the space for my home directory. I worry that once I do this, I will for some reason have to use windows, but logic tells me that this is not going to happen. Once I do this, there is really no going back since I will have moved my home directory. I am going to wait a few more days and see if I still feel confident that I will not have a need for windows (I do have windows only machines available to me.

feisty fawn - no sound

I tried the new feisty fawn live cd on my toshiba a105-s1013 laptop and there was no sound. The formums and bug reporting center have lots of reports of this and similar, no sound problems, and there have been several fixes published, but I am just going to stay with edgy eft and wait for the next release of ubuntu in October.