I have uploaded a screencast of my Desktop.
To get these effects to work I used Compiz Fusion , Kiba-Dock (the dock on the left side), AWN (dock on the bottom), and stalonetray (the tray on the bottom right corner) and Screenlets (all the widgets you see all over).
If you can hear the song: It’s Extreme Ways by Moby
Yes , you heard that right. Finally, McDonalds is opening a branch in Chennai (It’s about time). So all those people who are sick and tired of KFC burgers, rejoice. It’s going to be in the food court of Ascendas IT Park close to Tidel Park, Thiruvanmiyur.
Seen at Ascendas IT Park:
The Dell XPS M1330 comes with a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. That means that I can install Ubuntu 64-bit on it. Question is: should I?
For the past one week I have been using Ubuntu 64-bit. Though 64-bit is supposed to perform better when it comes to compiling / encoding I don’t find that much of use for it. I don’t compile/encode that often and waiting a few minutes extra then is not a big deal. On the other hand almost all 32-bit applications are supported by 64-bit Ubuntu. So should I stick with it?
Ubuntu does not detect the internal microphone properly by default and a patch has been released. Unfortunately, not for 64-bit. I have tried to compile from source instead which didn’t help me a lot. Other than this I find no other particular issue. Applications that only run with 32-bit can easily be used on Ubuntu 64-bit using getlibs (That’s how I got Skype to work. My guess is that it will work for other 32-bit Applications). Another observation: most solutions in forums are for 32-bit Ubuntu. So if you try the workaround/fix and don’t get similar results chances are that you need to explicitly ask for more detailed help (Don’t worry – the forums are helpful enough to answer to most queries).
As for me, I am going to install Ubuntu 32-bit, unless a microphone solution with proper instructions pops up anytime soon. Let’s see how that goes and then we will see. Who knows in the future I might shift back to 64-bit?
Tip: If you are planning on reinstalling Ubuntu multiple times, keep your home partition on a separate partition.
After having installed the 32-bit Version, I realized that it doesn’t have some of the issues that 64-bit Ubuntu has:
- The Live CD starts up in the normal mode. 64-bit Ubuntu had to be started in Safe Mode
- The Ubuntu Loading splash appears after installing. 64-bit Ubuntu didn’t show that splash. I had to manually fix it.
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(there would have been lot more, but I can’t type that fast on my phone)
Here is wishing you a belated Happy New Year 2008 ( if anybody still cares that is). I didn’t get much time to blog mostly because of work (and laziness).
The Year 2007 came to an end with me going home and spending some quality time there. Quality time includes meeting up with Family, friends, some old staff, Champagne and plenty of Liquor Chocolates (the exact same ones my parent wouldn’t let me have when I was kid). Not to forget, my bro also gifted me a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX 12 Digital Camera. (So you should be seeing more of pictures on my blog and around there ).
The New Years Eve, turned out to be spectacular. I received my Laptop : a Dell XPS M1330 (White). I shall call her Tiffany (Why? I have no idea. The name sort of just popped up in my head). Her Vital Stats are:
* Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2GHz with 4MB L2 Cache
* 2 GB DDR2 RAM @ 667 MHz
* 160 GB Hard Disk @ 7200 rpm
* 128 MB NVidia GeForce Go 8400 MS
And here is a Pic:
Some more photos available here. And here are some from the unboxing of her. In case you are wondering, yes , that is Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) you see in the Picture. More on that in a later post.