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Welcome to the dark side

I wiped out my Gentoo install and put in Ubuntu. My last try to fix KDE in Gentoo didn't work. I know I could've fixed it; I could've rolled back to the stable version, for example. But I realized it'd take a whole day to compile it, and what was the point really? Like so many other people, I find that I don't have the time to screw around with things as much as I used to.

The good thing about Linux is that you can pick up and try another distro with very little problem. My /home is its own partition, so it's no big deal to keep it around while installing a new distro. All my app-specific config files still work in Ubuntu. I've brought along my Gentoo .inputrc and whatnot, so I feel right at home already. If I don't like Ubuntu it'd only take me a day to go back to Gentoo anyways.

I tried to install the latest version (Edgy Eft) but either the CD didn't burn right or the ISO I downloaded was corrupt. (MD5SUM checked out, so who knows.) So I fished out the ancient Breezy beta 5.10 installer CD I had from summer 2005, and used that. Then I started upgrading my way through all the releases that've been sent out since then. It was really fun to watch the evolution of the desktop as I went from Breezy to Dapper to Edgy. All three major upgrades took next to no thinking on my part, though they did take some time due to the 600MB+ download for each upgrade. And the process did crap out after I did apt-get upgrade and rebooted without doing apt-get dist-upgrade and realized X wasn't working at all; purely a matter of PEBKAC there. But then I picked up where I left off, and GDM actually magically restarted itself at the appropriate time, which impressed me. Everything is working very fast, it looks pretty good (albeit very orange), I have just about the latest version of every app I care about, and I'm happy. We'll see how long this lasts.

Tomorrow I'll see about getting Twinview working. And maybe try Beryl if I'm feeling stupid.

November 13, 2006 @ 5:26 PM PST
Cateogory: Linux

1 Comment

Dan Ballard
Quoth Dan Ballard on November 14, 2006 @ 5:13 AM PST

Keep us updated on your progress, both the good and bad, so we can smugly know where we are ahead, and so we can also focus on where we need to improve.