Saturday, November 17, 2007

NEW WALLPAPER!!! I decided to change some of the aesthetics of my laptop. I think I spent about 6 hours on gnome-art and gnome-look browsing wallpapers, icons, sounds etc...

In one of the Sounds files I saw a screen shot of the users desktop and he had this wallpaper, which I thought was pretty badass... there is a widescreen & full screen version which I uploaded to my Photobucket account. (the version here is the widescreen version)

Here is an additional link to the file - Blue Grid

Friday, October 26, 2007

Quick Update, I am in the process of compiling a 'how-to' or more accurately 'a how I did it'...

A couple things to note, I have once again reloaded my laptop and I think finally have it in a working/final state. So for this most recent 'release' if you will I decided to for-go installing Automatix and install everything myself. I have a ton of websites bookmarked that I will hopefully put into a synchronized list on how to install Ubuntu.

Please stay tuned...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ubuntu Desktop pt. 1

Testing 1, 2, 4...

I installed Ubuntu on an IBM z61t laptop, 1.86Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, 14.4in widescreen monitor, internal wifi, SD card reader. Pretty decent machine, basic intel 945 on board graphics. My biggest complaint with this setup was the graphics, the default resolution was 144ox900 but I'm pretty sure that after installing the i915 graphics package I just did not care for the laptop, straining your eyes at a clear desktop or packing the screen with large icons and windows, there was just middle ground.

After I setup the i915 graphics package, I needed to kick start some of the software. If your going replace windows there are some apps that I just cannot live without

Audio - iTunes compatible for my Nano
DVD Decoding & Ripping
Media Player & Codecs
Graphics Editing
Web Development
GUI based FTP Client
Eye Candy (Vista Replacement 101)

So basically I focused on the Eye Candy & Audio stuff for my iPod. I installed Beryl which was a pain in the ass, not to install but I had to turn off the cube desktop thing since everytime my hand barely touched the mouse pad or if I was moving a window the cube began to rotate, and once I got it locked on the beryl diamond logo and could not get it back to my desktop (needless to say I had to reload the system).

That reminds me... Beryl & video palyback don't like to play together very well. I searched the internet for a few days and the only solution I could come up with was to turn off the beryl video manager when watching movies, kind of a pain

Then I installed AWN which gives you an OSX like application bar. I'm not the biggest fan of this, but I prefer small quick launch icons for my apps. For my torrent client I installed Azureus and Deluge I have never been a huge fan of Azureus but I liked Deluge, these were pretty basic.

I liked Ubuntu a lot... I was able to browse the web, download torrent files, connect via wireless, even download my 2GB mini SD card during my sister in-laws wedding and show everyone. My biggest issue was with the hardware not the software, once I was able to get Beryl working to my liking.

So I gave up the IBM laptop and now have a Dell Latitude D620, I have some high hopes for this laptop since Dell is now pushing the Ubuntu desktop... I'll let you know!!!

I have my answer...

So it's been like 2 months since my last post and now I have my answer... LIFE takes precedence over posting in the Blog -O- Sphere... Anyway so since my last post I've been hard at work testing various installations of the Ubuntu Fiesty 7.04 (I have even convinced my wife that it's a good idea to switch instead of using Vista, cause we all know it doesn't matter how cool, cheap and identical Linux is, if the wife can't browse Email, The Knot/Nest, pictures and tax stuff then Windows will be King always and forever...)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Projects

So I started this Blog so I could have a place to keep some notes on a few projects I was working on and/or want to start. The primary of these is Ubuntu 7.04 as a Desktop OS, thus why I chose sudogetapt as the address for my Blog. Some other projects I am looking forward to doing are:

  • PVR
  • Myth TV
  • Media Center PC
  • Virtualization
So now what? Well I need to figure out how to use this arena for tracking of my trials and errors and then compiling everything in a way that might be useful to others who do not want to continue with Windows now that the industry is forcing Vista down our throats...

Anyway I'm not sure if anyone is going to even see this stuff, unless it's one of my friends or family who want to see how my Linux Swan dive is going.


So this being my first Blog post I need to vent...

Question.... Why is it that when you finally decide to post a Blog ALL of the name you want to use are taken?

Sub-Question... So I realize there are like a billion people doing this and I get that we all have the same ideas, but why do these people not update their Blog for over 2 years....

So I was trying to come up with a cool name, one that I would remember how to get back to the site just by typing in the address and would mean something to me, but everything I tried was taken. So I decided to check out some of these sights, and they were either TEST PAGE(s) or have not been updated for over 2 years...