Move to Ubuntu – Part 2

Here is a follow-up to my previous post where I mentioned I moved from a Win XP env to an Ubuntu env. Let me start by saying that I only ran with the Breezy Badger release for about half a day. I was fighting through a couple too many issues with getting the release up on my laptop so I simply pulled down the latest nightly build and am rolling with that. Amazing how much better things have been since. The install worked without any special boot params, and my display worked without downloading any special drivers.

Since the install I’ve spent a good amount of time downloading various stuff I need for Java development. I grabbed both JDK 1.5, and 1.4, Tomcat, Eclipse, ant, and mysql (still haven’t installed mysql yet). I also installed Thunderbird as a replacement to Outlook for work email.

-improve the fonts (they suck compared to Windows)
-get WIFI working
-get dual monitors working.
-what else???

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. pete

    we’ve obviously already fought tooth and nail about this, but I hope to get some other hmmmm…. readers to help me convince you.


    all of these applications can be installed through synaptic. you don’t have to download them yourself. you dont have to untar and configure. check the friggin box in synatic and say install. i don’t understand why you insist on making it hard on yourself.

  2. Erik Weibust

    I would like to introduce all Erik’s Hmm readers to my arch-enemy/ best-friend Peter Cold.

    He is trying to get me to use a package manager for installing code on my laptop, and for the most part, I am. Not sure how to use Synaptic to get dual monitors working or wifi working, but would love some insight.


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