I've just been reminded why I tend not to bother upgrading my Linux setup very often. It generally causes more headaches than benefits...
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Well I finally have persuaded Ubuntu Dapper to give me sound. After delving around in the depths of the Ubuntu forums, I finally found a thread where someone had realised the issue was a faulty sound module in the Ubuntu default kernels. One roll your own kernel later, and here I am with sound! As I type, I'm blasting out some Sigur Rós in celebration!
Well since by last post about going to Ubuntu Dapper things have changed.
Last night I left the computer ugrading itself up to the latest version of Ubuntu. Okay I didn't quite leave it to do everything - actually I had to sort it out a few times in the middle of the night, but that's only because I was checking it whilst I was struggling to sleep due to the heat.
Earlier in the week, I spent an evening trying to get my Hauppage PVR-150 to work under Linux. It's no easy task, taking me a couple of hours, and even now it's not exactly east. For starters, I'm only able to watch TV via Mplayer, whilst using a command line app to change channel.
People might understand a Freeview set top box, but how about a PVR? A TiVo? A Media Center PC? Howabout how a simple games console has become a media centre in the home? And so on. Which is why Auntie runs sessions about such things, and that's where I found myself yesterday afternoon. Not learning about it all - but helping to explain such things to other people.
Sometimes I just wonder about the quality of documentation from the world of open source. Take this question from the MPlayer FAQ...
What really annoys me about new computers is when they don't come with a Windows CD. Yes, okay, I use Linux, but having a Windows setup on my machine is occassionally useful, so I'd prefer to have a copy of it just in case anything ever goes wrong with the machine. Merely being able to "repair" from the hard drive is no good if your hard drive gets trashed!
Well here we are. The new PC is up and running and I'm in the slowish process of migrating stuff off the old one and onto the new. More importantly, as is the *nix way, the new PC has finally been christened.
I'd like to say I got a coherent excuse for not getting my PC delivered, but whoeever it was that I spoke to at the "delightful" Walsh Western had the worlds worst phone line possible, and about the only coherent thing I got out of the conversation was a question about whether I have a brown door. Quite why, who knows, cos every time I tried to get anything useful, I ended up on hold.