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here comes the *nix!

I have just acquired an old obsolete (by today's standards) laptop, so tonight I will be installing Ubuntu Linux on it. I had entertained the idea of making it the BBS laptop, but I said "nah". Ubuntu is going on it and I'm going to try it out for a while.

When I did the Ubuntu Live-CD thing on my Dell Inspiron 6000 it worked very well and detected everything. Hopefully with the laptop I just got (it's not even 1GHz but it'll do), Ubuntu will install as happily as it did on the Inspiron. This time around I'll be able to keep a permanent installation so I can mess around with it.

Will I like it enough to switch from XP? Doubt it, but at least I'm giving it a good effort. 😉 I like the fact I now have a "tester" laptop to do this with - which is something I've wanted to do for a while now.

---edit---

Rather than make a new post I'll just add to this one.

I installed Ubuntu on the laptop and everything detected like it was supposed to. I have two PCMCIA cards, one 3Com CardBus NIC and a US Robotics 56K. Both detected without a problem.

The biggest pain in the ass I'm encountering right now is just getting some MP3's to play. In Ubuntu this is a "restricted format" so it's not bundled with the install. Instructions are given on how to get MP3's to play after install, but those instructs don't work, so as I'm typing this I am updating a whole bunch of MPEG specific libraries via the Synaptic Package Manager. I just did a search for MPEG and tagged anything that might have looked like it would get MP3's to work. Hopefully one of them will get the MP3 audio to actually play.

While that's going on, the networking I aforementioned worked (obviously), the sound card detected fine, the video detected without issue and everything is running as it should.

Hang on a sec the update for the MPEG crap just completed...

ARGH.. didn't work. Sheesh what do I have to do to get this working..? Ah, well. If I fix it I'll add to this.

---edit---

SUCCESS! All I had to do was install two things: gstreamer0.8-mad and libid3tag0. I had to manually install them using dpkg. I put both .deb files in the same directly then did sudo dpkg -i *.deb and ta-da, I have MP3's that play.

Wow, that was difficult. (grin)

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