28 Feb

Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”

Man. Life is suddenly busy. Lemme give out with some cool stuff, though.


The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is head and shoulders above the previous iteration. I’m used to Linux being rather slow and dodgey. This just isn’t. It runs extremely well.

If you want to give it a go, grab the ISO and burn it to a CD. If you are using Vista–and you should be. Don’t give me any of that nonsense “Hatin’ on Vista” mumbo-jumbo. So, since you are wise and up-to-date, use your Vista hard drive management to resize your partition down a few gigs. 8GB is more than enough to taste Ubuntu.

Boot the Ubuntu Live CD, and start the install wizard. Even on my ATi-based machine, it ran well, and detected most devices.

Actually, it “detected” all of the devices, but some of them required “restricted” drivers. I had to go into the “Software Sources” applet, and open it up to use “3rd Party” and “Proprietary” drivers. I guess they can’t enable this by default.  If you for some reason didn’t want to use “proprietary” drivers (uh? why?) it would kinda be too late by the time you got the choice, catch?

Oh, and do a “sudo apt-get install preload” to help performance a little more.

Once I did that, I was in tall cotton.


Compiz-Fusion was a bit harder. I’m not going to walk you through it–a quick google search will give you all you need to follow these steps:

  1. Allow root to log in locally, then switch users.
  2. Edit /etc/x11/xorg.cofig so that the “Composite” setting is “1” rather than the default of “0”.
  3. Run from a terminal the command “sudo apt-get install xgl-xserver”. Or is that “xserver-xgl”? Anyway…
  4. Go to the Appearance applet and turn on the “extra” effects.
  5. Profit!!!

I love the “shaky” window effect when I’m dragging stuff around. Does not seem to add any performance hit in regular usage. However, I can’t do the cube effect with this little ATi card–it isn’t powerful enough.


<sigh>Doesn’t that look cool!?!?!