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Ubuntu or Kubuntu?

Hi! I heard so many positive things about Ubuntu, so that I want to try it out now. I'm just not sure whether to start with Gnome-based Ubuntu or KDE-based Kubuntu. Are there any other differences besides the desktop? I don't care how it looks, it should just work and most of all be simply to use. I have no linux experience so far, just Windows. What do you recommend for a newbie like me? Which distro is more matured?

Won't boot from CD

This is my first attempt at installing Ubuntu (or any Linus distro for that matter).  I dloaded both the "live" and the "install" iso files from Ubuntu.com.  I have reset my BIOS to boot from the DVD drive.  When I restart my computer nothing happens...the system proceeds directly to Windows (XP Pro BTW).  I ran md5sum on the "live" version and was given a long string of characters but no error messages of any sort.  Is there something that needs to be done to the iso file prior to burning it to CD?   Someday I hope to be a Linux newbie, right now I'm still a zygote dreaming of the day I can excise the cancer from my hard drive that is Microsoft Windows.

Centrino sound problem

I have been struggling with a Gateway 3550GZ Centrino laptop after installing Ununtu Badger. Everything that I have checked seems to work OK with the exception that I cannot get sound from either the speakers or the headphones.

So I installed Dapper Drake RC3 to see if the problem had been successfully addressed. Nope, still no sound.

Ubuntu-like names

Ubuntu has a history of semi-weird codenames for their releases (Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, Breezy Badger, Dapper Drake). The people in #ubuntu-offtopic on IRC regularly make parodies on these names. Their brainfarts are collected at http://wiki.kaarsemaker.net/UbuntuNames.

There are some really funny ones, like Horrible Hippopotamus, Nutritious Nightingale, or Spastic Swan.

Feel free to add more on that list if you know some more Ubuntu-like names.

Addendum to my Zim experience.

Not being completely happy about the Gtk2:TrayIcon module problem.  I came back to the problem again tonight.  I spent a lot of time constantly downloading perl modules that failed to install due to some missing dependency, so that was largely a waste of time.  I then decided that there must be some way of installing some of this stuff via synaptic.  I had looked earlier with regards to some of the other modules I was having trouble with, but this time around I happened to notice a libgtk2-trayicon-perl package in the repository.  I slap my forehead, and utter a common exclamation attributed to Homer Simpson, and then crossing my fingers I install the package.  I then went and changed the config file for Zim in my $HOME directory to enable the tray icon. Starting up Zim I was pleased to see I now had tray icon functionality. :)  Yay!  Zim has been one of those 'dependency hell' installations that I have heard so much about.  It sure looks good when its working though.

I've been trying to be a bit more bold lately.

When I first started mucking around on Ubuntu, I managed to bust my installation a few times.  I became quite proficient at re-installing and having two hard drives installed, I was always running two copies of Ubuntu so that I could always have one that was functioning.  I soon learnt the usefulness of having my /home on a seperate partition, so that my user settings survived the process and also I became proficient at transferring my downloaded .deb files in my /var/cache/apt/archives over to my new install, so that I could avoid downloading them all again (I'm on a dialup connection so this is painful). I started hanging out in the #ubuntu channel on IRC, and was soon taken under the wing by one of the regulars there who was more proficient at linux than I was, and instructed in the methods of 'how to do thing without breaking your box'.  Since then I have been fairly careful with what I have installed on my system.  I would always favour installation of software from the ubuntu repositories over trying to install the latest versions from source, and never leaving non-ubuntu sources sitting in my sources.list after I had acquired whatever particular package I was after.

Greetings All

I've just signed up to see how things work over here at Ubuntux.  I am a regular contributor on the Ubuntu Forums and hang out a bit in the Ubuntu IRC support channel.  I'm hoping to find some interesting blog entries relating to Ubuntu. :)

Frequency Out of Range

I've just been trying to install Ubuntu. (New to linux.) All seems to be going quite peachy, and it gets to a point after anaconda asks you to remove the CD and reboot; once it finishes the installation, I think. This is a little bit after it asks you to select which resolutions you want to be usable by the X window system; I chose the defaults; only 1024x768, 800x600 and 640x480. What happens, is that nothing can be displayed on the monitor. The monitor comes up with a message that says "80.8KHz/154.1Hz / Freqency out of range / Try other resolutions". At this point, goes directly to that whenever I try to boot from the hard drive, so I have to try to reinstall. My question, is why is this happening? And obviously, how do you s'pose it can be fixed? I've dismissed the possibility that the monitor can't handle 1024x768 or something, but perhaps that's the case? Any help would be the awsome. PS- Line breaks aren't happening automatically, as it says. This is just temporary?

3rd preview of Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) released

The Ubuntu developer have released a new preview of the upcoming version "Dapper Drake". It fixes bugs and brings some new components.

It still uses kernel 2.6.15 and brings the new modular X.Org 7.0. Besides the new functions this new version brings, the modularity brings some positive aspects to updating X.Org. In future there is no need to download the whole X-Window-System any more, but only parts of it which leads to smaller file sizes of updates.

The third preview called "Flight CD 3" contains the current GNOME developing version 2.13.4, which has been customized optically to the Ubuntu look. You'll find revised menus, a brand-new logoff screen and improved update notifications. A small icon in the systray informs you about a required reboot after having installed major updates.

The installer has become even quicker and supports network cards, which require a firmware image. If installing on a USB stick GRUB and the kickstart support work correctly again.

By using Squashfs and Unionfs the Live-CD is smaller and quicker and from now on only the Launchpad.net project will be used for reporting bugs in the distribution.

The Flight CD 3 for Ubuntu 6.10 can be downloaded from the official website, a Flight CD 3 for Kubuntu 6.10 and a Flight CD 3 for Edubuntu 6.10 is also available. Ubuntu 6.04 is going to be released in April 2006 as final version.

nUbuntu: new Ubuntu derivative focused on security testings

nUbuntu or Network Ubuntu is a project to take the existing Ubuntu distribution and remaster it as a LiveCD and Full Install with tools needed for penetrating testing servers and networks. The main idea is to keep Ubuntu's ease of use and mix it with the popular penetrating testing tools used by penetrating testers. Besides usage for network and server testing, nUbuntu will be made to be a desktop distribution for advanced linux users.

The nUbuntu stable release is now online and can be downloaded from the project homepage. Along with removing unnecessary packages, the menu structure has been reorganized for ease of use.

Firefox woes

I'm not completely new to Linux, but ignorant enough that I can't troubleshoot something that'd be a snap in Winders. I've installed both Ubuntu 5.04 and 5.10 on a Toshiba laptop...I've confirmed that any and all of three network adapters (builtin Intel NIC, Farallon USB NIC, and a generic wireless PC card) I have attached are in fact working with ping, ifconfig, and all that.  I've successfully downloaded and installed all updates.  My shop network (DSL-based) is a simple one...permanent machines have static IP's, mostly Winders-based, with one OSX G4 Mac, and customer machines all hook up with DHCP without difficulty. Firefox, though, will not connect to any outside website...if I give it my web server's IP address, it'll load up my default page from it...I haven't tested this with any external IP addresses.  I'm assuming that DNS is working properly, since I can ping any URL successfully. It's as if Firefox isn't successfully using DNS, either with install 5.04 or 5.10 (DL'd and installed 5.10 after finding out it was available)...but if I explicitly define some DNS server IP addresses, it still won't work.

Firefox Installation / Upgrade

How do I upgrade firefox (1.0.7) installed by default by Ubuntu Install disk to the latest Firefox (1.5), Since the 1.0.7 Version does not allow to install some extensions any more. Either you have de-grade your version to a 1.0 or you have to up-grade your version to 1.5 (Which Ubuntu does not allow me to). Any help that works is appreciated. Thank You and excuse me for Capitalization and Spellings ( I know I am working on them too. )

Help ttyS0 how i change the speed from 9600 to 115200

i am using a usRobotics modem

Verrrry Slowwww system

A Question for the guru's out there - how fast is the Ubuntu Linux at installing itself, and then running applications ?

OK, I know it is dependent upon the hardware being used, but is it slow when used with an 'old' cpu ?

I am running Ubuntu v5p1(Breezy) on an IBM laptop - the cpu is a Pentium 2/233MHz - what sort of speed of operation should I expect ?

I mean, come on, over 3 hours for a default install (Yes, it loaded the whole CD, and all language packages, taking about 2.4GBytes of space on my hard drive). Over 4 minutes to start up and reach the login prompt when starting. About a minute to go from selecting Open Office / Write{mouse-click), to getting a page to write on ? Are these times excessive, or quite normal given my hardware constraints ?

Other hardware includes a Trident 9327 graphics card, with DVD option giving me 4 meg of ram(!) which I run at 1024 x 768/16 bit colour. Hard drive is 6 GByte. I am still fighting the soundcard (CS423x Crystal Sound, not found, even with lspci command). Network connection is via PCMCIA plug in card (I have not got one yet), and it has a 'wavemodem' for dial up ... whatever that is.

Sudo apt-get install

Hello, Running Kubuntu 5.10 I am following the guide for installing the ATI driver. In one of the steps it says to run:  "then do: sudo module-assistant build,install fglrx-kernel" when i do that i get: "sudo: module-assistant: command not found" Then I try to get the package but i get the following: $ sudo apt-get install module-assistant Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Package module-assistant is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package module-assistant has no installation candidate Please, help. Thanks in advance.