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Linux Ubuntu Dapper to Edgy – no problem

I upgraded my Ubuntu 6.06 install to the new Edgy soon after it’s release using the simple command gksu "update-manager -c". Several hours later, and after clicking on a few dialog boxes to update files in /etc/, I’m not running Ubuntu Edgy on my desktop box.

Initially I wondered where Firefox 2.0 was hiding, but on my upgraded system it’s /usb/bin/firefox.ubuntu so it’ll live alongside version 1.5. I also noticed that when saving files in the GIMP the filename would disappear when I clicked on a new folder in the “bookmark” folder of the Gnome file dialog. Once I noticed, ctrl-c to record the filename and ctrl-v to paste it in again worked fine. I rename my files when saving so it’s not much of a hardship.

My machine seems slightly faster but I haven’t delved too deeply into what has been upgraded but Firefox, xchat, terminal, GIMP and Gthumb all work fine! Did your upgrade go as well?

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Xgl on a live CD

If you want to try Xgl to see what all the fuss is about, then you should download the Kororaa live CD. I downloaded the 441MB iso, burned it on CD and rebooted into Xgl.

Wow. All the eye candy looks great, the cube revolved when I switched desktops or dragged the background with CTRL pressed. Dragging windows from one side of the cube to another desktop was really cool, but not as much fun as watching a sticky window bend and deform as I dragged it!

As someone pointed out on digg, it’s not just eye candy. The openGL powered desktop uses my video card to move pixels around and feels responsive. I’m very tempted to upgrade to Ubuntu Dapper so I can install the Xgl binaries! (via)
Later… I updated my Ubuntu install to the latest Dapper release using apt-get dist-upgrade and after some minor fighting with a customized xorg.conf and following the instructions I have an Xgl powered desktop! Nice.
Slightly Later… I found a showstopper bug. It doesn’t do full screen image viewing. At least as far as gthumb or f-spot is concerned anyway. Gthumb just dies and F-spot displays a thumbnail in the corner of a grey screen.

Some people had the same problem playing movies and the solution was to use openGL as the full screen driver but I don’t think the same can be done with an image viewer, can it?
It’s alpha software so hopefully this will be worked around sooner or later!

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Upgrading to Ubuntu Breezy

I resisted for as long as possible, but I finally upgraded to Ubuntu Breezy.
It was quite easy in the end. The upgrade notes and this page were of some help of course.
Be warned, that if you have GNUcash installed on Hoary, you should uninstall it. I didn’t and ran into these problems with libofx2. How to fix? Uninstall gnucash with the following command:

dpkg -r gnucash
dpkg -r gnucash-common

Now, run apt-get -f install and finally apt-get dist-upgrade again!

I can’t run GNUcash yet, I hope they get this fixed soon! (In an ironic twist, launchpad.net is down for maintenance, it’ll be back later!)

Later! I discovered how to fix the problem with libofx2! You need to remove libofx0c102 first!

# apt-get remove libofx0c102
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
libofx0c102
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 803kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
(Reading database ... 84490 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing libofx0c102 ...
# apt-get install libofx2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libofx2
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/454kB of archives.
After unpacking 3731kB of additional disk space will be used.

Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 84466 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libofx2 (from .../libofx2_1%3a0.8.0-3ubuntu8_i386.deb) ...
Setting up libofx2 (0.8.0-3ubuntu8) ...
# apt-get install gnucash
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
gnucash-common
Suggested packages:
gnucash-sql gnucash-docs
The following NEW packages will be installed:
gnucash gnucash-common
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/4194kB of archives.
After unpacking 16.6MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously deselected package gnucash-common.
(Reading database ... 84713 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking gnucash-common (from .../gnucash-common_1.8.10-18_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package gnucash.
Unpacking gnucash (from .../gnucash_1.8.10-18_i386.deb) ...
Setting up gnucash-common (1.8.10-18) ...
Setting up gnucash (1.8.10-18) ...

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Mark sent me a mail entitled S …

Mark sent me a mail entitled Sun Linux this morning. Hmm.

Running Industry leading Linux on Sun: Sun brings a comprehensive systems approach to GNU/Linux-based operating systems. Sun provides Java technology, x64-based servers and workstations, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server along with Sun’s Java Enterprise System and suites. Sun also works with Canonical Ltd. to certify and support selected x64 based systems and CoolThreads servers on Ubuntu Linux.