Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu’

The dist-upgrade button

A couple of years ago, when someone in my neighbourhood’s Windows XP laptop became frustratingly slow and unstable, I convinced her to install Ubuntu. Using Ubuntu she could again perform all of her computing needs comfortably. Her laptop was fast and stable again and easy to maintain. Since then, two times a year, we go […]

Arch Linux: an end to my distro shuffle!

For some time now I’ve been meaning to write about Arch, the Linux distribution I’ve been using for almost a year now. Today I stumbled onto an old OSNews article, which perfectly describes my feelings on Arch. The article is in fact from 2004, but if you replace Mozilla-firebird in the text with Firefox, it […]

Lucid breaks Firefox Flash plugin (+solution)

After upgrading their Ubuntu 9.10 machine to 10.4 (Lucid Lynx), someone in my neighbourhood noticed that Flash had stopped working in Firefox. Googling around didn’t provide me with a solution, but reinstalling the plugin did the trick: # sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer # sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer

Karmic Koala: not impressed

This weekend Canonical released their new OS, Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”, and I upgraded my Sony Vaio laptop. So far, I’m sorry to say, I’m not impressed. The first thing I noticed was lots of screen artefacts. The login screen as well as the desktop had lots of green and red pixels all over them. […]

Static IP with Ubuntu Server

My home router’s DHCP server has the bad habit of ignoring MAC addresses when handing out IPs, which means that every time it is reset for some reason, or a machine’s lease ends, it can get an entirely different IP . Since I have two machines with a wired connection in my network, one of […]

Automatic backups for sometimes-on (Ubuntu) machines

Backing up data on a regular basis is useful, even necessary, but setting it up is a pain. Mainly that’s because to get it working you have to make some smart choices and existing solutions are all unsatisfactory. Simple Backup Solution creates a single big tarball for every backup and doesn’t tell me when it […]