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Feeling Gutsy today

After initially upgrading my K machine’s “Edgy” to “Feisty” but not getting the Gutsy Gibbon“Gutsy” version upgrade option offered in Adept Manager, eventually I found good  instructions that had all key pieces of information (especially enabling the “‘Pre-released updates” repository),

After that the upgrade process seemed simple to me. The “Edgy” to “Feisty” upgrade installed the correct NVIDIA driver for the K machine’s older graphics card. “Gutsy” continued that. Some Amarok visualizers now work reasonably well. That has added to total effect of Gray Ponytail Radio. I like that internet radio station quite a bit, even though I don’t wear a ponytail. 😉

With the Linux upgrade and switching from Excel to Open Office’s Calc for data collection on several different projects: both Ender’s Review (ERev) and This Weekend (TWE), I am progressing steadily towards my goal of eliminating proprietary software from my essential tool set.

I realize instead of spreadsheets I should use databases of some sort (either MySQL or SQLite used with Rails come to mind) for collecting data. However, I am moving one step at a time towards what will be a much better set of tools and systems for my projects. I’ll write a short history of both the ERev and TWE projects eventually.

Steady progress as I build experience with new tool sets seems the way to proceed. In that vein I’ll be converting some Perl programs I wrote to produce HTML from spreadsheets (for both ERev and TWE) over to Ruby soon. I’ll also be switching my XP e-mail over to Thunderbird hoping to free it from imprisonment in PST files.

I like the progress I’m making, which seems to accelerate lately.


Comment from Bob Wallace
Time October 30, 2007 at 7:03 pm

I have no idea what you are talking about!

Comment from Tom
Time October 30, 2007 at 9:18 pm

I started with writing about an operating system upgrade on one of the two systems (the K machine) I use most frequently. I use Kubuntu Linux (the Ubuntu distribution adjusted for the KDE desktop, one of several window managers for Linux) on that system and upgraded it from the 6.10 distribution (Edgy) through 7.04 (Fiesty) to the “latest and greatest” 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon as pictured). Adept Manager, used on KDE desktops, handles software upgrades (downloaded from the web where they reside in repositories).

Amarok, written for the KDE desktop, plays media files (audio like MP3) for Linux users. Amarok visualizers put up a graphics display based on the audio files (sorta like crossing a screen saver and a “light show”). Gray Ponytail Radio (no commercials) might appeal to people who once called themselves “freeks” and now listen to Internet radio streams (like me). More?

Comment from Happy Curmudgeon
Time November 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

I went through something similar when I upgraded my OpenSuse to 10.3. It’s amazing how much better the current version is.

Comment from Maxim
Time November 5, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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