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CarlosFerreira
September 2nd, 2011, 12:03 PM
Hello all,

I've embarked on a long-term project to detail my experience with ubuntu, from installing the distro to using it day-by-day. I will be blogging about it and would like to hear the opinions of anyone with more experience and know-how than me.

The first blog post of the series, describing the idea, can be found here:

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (1): the project (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/adventures-in-ubuntu-1-the-project/)

I talk about what I intend to do, my previous experience with ubuntu and the computer I will be running. It is mostly a background check and an introduction to the idea. Comments and ideas are definitely welcome.

Should this not belong on this section of the forum, or be deemed inappropriate, will the moderators please let me know and I will take on the necessary actions ASAP. If all is well, I will be updating this thread as I post new blog posts.

overdrank
September 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
Not a support request, Moved to The Community Cafe :)

CarlosFerreira
September 2nd, 2011, 12:25 PM
Not a support request, Moved to The Community Cafe :)

Noted. Thanks!

CarlosFerreira
September 2nd, 2011, 10:28 PM
And we're on again:
The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (2): installation (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/adventures-in-ubuntu-2-installation/)
Discussing partition schemes, updating and a kludge way out of that mysterious instruction, "cannot reserve MMIO address".

drawkcab
September 2nd, 2011, 10:35 PM
Just for reference, a journalist at PCWorld recently did a series on 30 days with Ubuntu:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/229187/30_days_with_ubuntu_linux_day_1.html

Oxwivi
September 3rd, 2011, 01:06 PM
Just for reference, a journalist at PCWorld recently did a series on 30 days with Ubuntu:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/229187/30_days_with_ubuntu_linux_day_1.html
There were a lot of things I found wrong with his use of Ubuntu, specifically what was expected in Ubuntu, or rather, Linux.

Oxwivi
September 3rd, 2011, 01:15 PM
I am interested in following the adventure - will you be updating the thread for new posts?

CarlosFerreira
September 3rd, 2011, 07:16 PM
Part 3 of the adventure - in which a lot of things go wrong, but after some head scratching I end up with a computer running... ubuntu 10.10.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (3): grief, anger, salvation? (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/adventures-in-ubuntu-3-grief-anger-salvation/)

I am convinced there is some kind of mismatch between my computer (HP g6, AMP Phenom II processor) and 11.04. It has failed before, so I am back on Maverick. Ever the glass-half-full and all that - still better than Windows 7, or writing my PhD by hand.

CarlosFerreira
September 3rd, 2011, 07:18 PM
Just for reference, a journalist at PCWorld recently did a series on 30 days with Ubuntu:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/229187/30_days_with_ubuntu_linux_day_1.html

Thanks - I'd heard of it, but never read it.

CarlosFerreira
September 3rd, 2011, 07:21 PM
I am interested in following the adventure - will you be updating the thread for new posts?

Yup, it's all still going. More updates will be updated as I post them.

sanderd17
September 3rd, 2011, 07:28 PM
Bad luck with Natty? For my hardware it was also one of the most unstable releases. Unity just is not ready yet. For now, I'm using Arch Linux, it's not a beginners distro, so I would certainly not advise it to you. Arch says you have to do-it-yourself. That means you start without graphical interface and have to build your system yourself.

Anyway, in your first post you say that you won't do command line. I find that odd. There is really no difference between clicking button 'a' and typing 'a'.

In the forums, we use command line a lot because it doesn't change. Designers like to change the look and the feel of the desktop (check the difference between 11.04 ad 10.10). So if we would give explanations with graphical user interfaces, it would only work for a short term and only for the default Ubuntu installation (no other themes, no Kubunu, ...).

Windows doesn't have this problem because ... well, you can't choose another interface.

But ok, here we use the command line a lot. I try to explain most commands I use, but there are other user that don't try to explain the commands too.

If I changed your mind, you can read this short tutorial on the command line: http://linuxcommand.org

The first part will be enough. There is no reason why you should learn to write scripts.

CarlosFerreira
September 3rd, 2011, 07:42 PM
Bad luck with Natty? For my hardware it was also one of the most unstable releases. Unity just is not ready yet. For now, I'm using Arch Linux, it's not a beginners distro, so I would certainly not advise it to you. Arch says you have to do-it-yourself. That means you start without graphical interface and have to build your system yourself.

Anyway, in your first post you say that you won't do command line. I find that odd. There is really no difference between clicking button 'a' and typing 'a'.

In the forums, we use command line a lot because it doesn't change. Designers like to change the look and the feel of the desktop (check the difference between 11.04 ad 10.10). So if we would give explanations with graphical user interfaces, it would only work for a short term and only for the default Ubuntu installation (no other themes, no Kubunu, ...).

Windows doesn't have this problem because ... well, you can't choose another interface.

But ok, here we use the command line a lot. I try to explain most commands I use, but there are other user that don't try to explain the commands too.

If I changed your mind, you can read this short tutorial on the command line: http://linuxcommand.org

The first part will be enough. There is no reason why you should learn to write scripts.

Yeah - for some reason, Natty (and derivatives, such as Mint 11.04) just do not like my computer. So, 10.10 it is.

Anyway, about avoiding command lines: the idea was to try and see if it was possible. A lot of people tell me they'd never try Linux simply because of the learning curve - why learn to give the computer instructions, when they just want to work/play with it? That's one of the things going for Windows, I am sure.

Anyway, I've had to go over that to install the repositories for LibreOffice in 10.10, so I guess I'll just stop being lazy and start working out the command lines. Thanks for the link - definitely will be using it!

CarlosFerreira
September 6th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Part 4, in which I discuss the pros and cons of GNOME 2 and get comfy in Maverick, while waiting for Oneiric.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (4): going all Maverick (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/adventures-in-ubuntu-4-going-all-maverick/)

Off Shore
September 6th, 2011, 08:38 PM
Part 4, in which I discuss the pros and cons of GNOME 2 and get comfy in Maverick, while waiting for Oneiric.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (4): going all Maverick (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/adventures-in-ubuntu-4-going-all-maverick/)

This looks very good quality account. Well done and a cracking good idea.
May I ask what area you did your Phd in ?

CarlosFerreira
September 8th, 2011, 10:13 AM
This looks very good quality account. Well done and a cracking good idea.
May I ask what area you did your Phd in ?

Thanks for that!

My PhD is in the area of innovation and management, on the topic of applying market mechanisms to nature conservation. Lots of economic sociology, some political economy thrown in the mix.

It has nothing to do with computing or computers. That said, I have a keen interest in why it is that people - and, especially, companies - do not adopt free, open-source software, and have been coming up with this theory of system lock-in and instituted processes.

sanderd17
September 8th, 2011, 08:22 PM
I have a keen interest in why it is that people - and, especially, companies - do not adopt free, open-source software, and have been coming up with this theory of system lock-in and instituted processes.

I'm also interested in that, but I don't have enough social and economical knowledge to find the answer. If you wrote an article about it, please share a link. I would be glad to read it.

CarlosFerreira
September 9th, 2011, 09:01 AM
I'm also interested in that, but I don't have enough social and economical knowledge to find the answer. If you wrote an article about it, please share a link. I would be glad to read it.

Definitely something I will be writing about in the future. In fact, I intend to make it a small research project in the future - we're talking a year from now or something -, with some empirics thrown into the mix and all. Anyway, any preliminary musings will be posted here as they get committed to blog format.

CarlosFerreira
September 26th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Part 5, in which I drool all over Firefox. Slobbery.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (5): my browser, my friend (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/adventures-in-ubuntu-5-my-browser-my-friend/)

Jay Car
September 26th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Part 5, in which I drool all over Firefox. Slobbery.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (5): my browser, my friend (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/adventures-in-ubuntu-5-my-browser-my-friend/)

I just finished reading the whole series thus far. I enjoyed it very much. You have a nice writing style, with just the right amount of humour to keep it fun and interesting. Nicely done.

I've bookmarked it. Hope to see more new posts soon.

earthpigg
September 26th, 2011, 11:46 PM
EDIT: This (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/adventures-in-ubuntu/) page needs to be updated to include your 5th installment. :)

CarlosFerreira
September 28th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I just finished reading the whole series thus far. I enjoyed it very much. You have a nice writing style, with just the right amount of humour to keep it fun and interesting. Nicely done.

I've bookmarked it. Hope to see more new posts soon.

Thanks for that.

CarlosFerreira
September 28th, 2011, 09:23 AM
EDIT: This (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/adventures-in-ubuntu/) page needs to be updated to include your 5th installment. :)

Sorted!

CarlosFerreira
October 10th, 2011, 10:31 AM
Part 6, in which the pros and pros of the good old 10.04 LTS Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and make a short status report.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (6): The Hoover, and an update (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/adventures-in-ubuntu-6-the-hoover-and-an-update/)

CarlosFerreira
October 13th, 2011, 10:13 AM
Part 7, in which I get ready to update to Ocelot, using some green tea.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (7): preparing for 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/adventures-in-ubuntu-7-preparing-for-11-10-oneiric-ocelot/)

CarlosFerreira
October 16th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Part 8, in which I note that, after the Update Bingo, All Is Well.

The Cycling Monkey - Adventures in ubuntu (8 ): Oneiric Ocelot, first impressions (http://cyclingmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/adventures-in-ubuntu-8-oneiric-ocelot-first-impressions/)