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I got Gutsy Beta to install, but I had to use the alternative install CD

After redownloading the live install CD and verifying MD5SUMs, the install still hung at the partitioner stage. So I downloaded the alternative install image and was able to get it to install. Since installing, I haven’t had a single stability issue with it. It’s looking like a nice update to Feisty, but overall I wouldn’t say there is anything really ground breaking about it.

We’re only 15 days away from the final release and I am looking forward to installing it on my laptop to see if video driver issues become of thing of the past.

Now running Mythtv

Well, I’ve done it. Over the weekend I ran to the store and picked up a Hauppauge pvr-150. Followed the Ubuntu guide Chris from the Linux Action Show mentions and had a backend only setup working in about an hour. Still learning how to get certain things to work, most importantly commercial skipping. Also still need to figure out a decent front end solution. Last night I downloaded knoppmyth which booted up fine on my laptop and was able to communicate with the backend server and I was able to start playing recorded shows, but I had no sound. So for the time being I’m just downloading the recordings via the mythtvweb interface and watching in mplayer. Cool stuff!

Quicktip – disable your time and date from being reset to UTC in Ubuntu ArsGeek – Free your inner geek »

Hmmm, I think I suffer from this problem as my time is always wrong on my workstation running Ubuntu. Will has to try this to see if it fixes it.

I recently had a friend using Ubuntu who’s time/date was constantly being set back to UTC, much to her frustration.

Here’s how to change this behavior.

First, we’re going to modify (and make a backup of) your rcS file in the /etc/default directory.

Quicktip – disable your time and date from being reset to UTC in Ubuntu – ArsGeek – Free your inner geek »

Destined to dual boot

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but a few weeks ago I broke down and purchased a new laptop. I went with a Thinkpad z60m. My intentions with it, is to run Linux as the primary OS, but because I also plan to use it for work when I’m on the road, I still need to have the ability to boot XP. So the same day I received the laptop, I wiped it and installed a dual boot setup with Ubuntu and Windows XP. This works fine, except for when I miss the boot menu and it goes into Linux and I need to reboot again and try to remember to catch it next time. I have an idea about about a feature Linux should have there, but I will post that some other day.

Over this past weekend I installed VMware server on my home workstation that runs Ubuntu. I was really impressed how easy it was to install and setup. And in no time I had XP installed as a virtual machine. I used this guide to help me with this. The only issue I experienced was that I needed to install xinetd to get vmware server to install properly. But with XP running in a VM, I was able to use it for everything I would need to while on the road.

So last night I wiped the laptop and reinstalled Ubuntu and then installed VMware server. Soon after, installed XP Pro in a virtual machine, and quickly realized there is a problem. Unlike my home workstation, my laptop is and will mostly being connecting via it’s WiFi card. The virtual install does not recognize the wifi card and XP has no network connectivity. Oh man! Now I haven’t researched at all to see if there are ways to make it work, but I really don’t want to jump through hoops to use wifi on XP installed as a virtual machine. So this weekend I’m going to re-do my install so I’m configured to dual boot again.

Creating a simple blank monthly calendar to print in Linux

Here’s how I did it(I use Ubuntu).

sudo apt-get install remind

Remind is a command line based tool. Running the following comand creates an October 2006 calendar as a Postscript file in my home directory. Then I can just open it and print it.

remind -p1 /dev/null 1 oct 2006 | rem2ps -l -st 22 -sd 18 -sh 14 -e > oct06.ps

Update: If you use Arch Linux, Remind is available in AUR