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.
Posts about "Linux"
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.
Sometimes I just wonder about the quality of documentation from the world of open source. Take this question from the MPlayer FAQ...
Every now and then, you come across a computer programme that really makes a difference to your life - that really makes life easier and is worthy of being hailed. So stand up and say hello to abcde - a better CD encoder.
I can see it now. In forty years time, little children will be running up to us saying "Daddy, daddy! Tell us again about the old days when to upgrade your computer operating system, you had to wipe the whole thing and start everything all over again". And I'll laugh and go, "Well little ones, sit down and I'll tell you all about it...".
You may be pondering why I have been strangely quiet for the last eleven days. Or you may not. Hey, why should you?
This post will only mean something if you know anything about *nix operating systems. If you're not that person, this will be meaningless.
I gave up on Red Hat some time after because I'd updated my copy and everything went wrong. Nothing worked properly - it was a mess. I went onto Mandrake. And it was great.
It has just taken me thirty five minutes to log into my PC this evening. For those thirty five minutes, the X server just refused to boot up. Why, I am at a loss to know. The graphical login page just returned me to itself.
Funny isn't it that you spend more time preparing to upgrade your operating system, then you do actually upgrading your operating system.