Archive for March, 2007

Aargh!

OK, the latest update crashed my Xserver, meaning that all I can see now is text, which is not what I want. Luckily the install CD is also a LiveCD, which is from where I am posting this 😀

So, bad news for me, but great news for you, because now I can also post the results of my installation process, with lots of screenshots!

Of course, I should’ve seen it coming:

Don’t use Feisty as your primary desktop/OS. Feisty is Ubuntu in development. It’s not ready for the general public! If you want new stuff you can use backports instead of Feisty.Feisty should only be used if you want to help testing bugs. Important stuff can and will get broken. Probably X is going to break this means that during that time (maybe even for weeks) you can’t easily log into X anymore.

My hands have been itching to do a fresh install anyway, as it allows me to get a better look at the state of Feisty and lets me go through the fun of installing cool applications all over again!

I have also decided to try not to use the command line, I’m sure that should be possible. Except for XAMPP, but what regular user uses XAMPP?

This blog should become a hell more interesting now. Wish me luck. 😀

That’s interesting

After wasting several CD’s trying to burn Xubuntu Feisty, a friend of mine burned it for me. I put the CD in my drive and this message popped up. Quite cool!

For a Good Cause

I’ve been a member of World Community Grid for a while. From the site:

World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.

Basically, this means that, if you have the client installed and your computer fits the requirements, whenever you computer is idle (i.e. doing nothing) it’s processing power will be used for several projects. At the moment you can choose to work on projects like Help Defeat Cancer, Fight AIDS@Home, Human Proteome Folding and more.

Now, I know many Xubuntu users do not have state-of-the-art hardware, but we too can make a contribution. That’s why I’ve set up a Xubuntu Users team, so we can track how much we contribute.

And because I want everybody to join this wonderful project, I’ve posted some documentation on setting this up at Xubuntuguide.org.

VirtualBox

I never used to be interested in virtualization software. I mean: why would I want to run another operating system in a window? Or for that matter: why would I want to run another operating system?

That all changed a few days ago. I’ve been wanting to switch to Feisty for a while (would make for a few good blog posts too 😉 ), but unfortunately, burning the daily build onto a CD did not work out like it should, and it cost me quite a few CD’s too.

Then my dad mentioned VirtualBox, which he could install on his Windows XP to run the ISO image without needing to burn it onto a CD! That sounded cool, so I headed over to their website.

Wow.

Not only did they have a Linux version (with Ubuntu packages!), but since January this year they have also made large parts open source! Well, I installed it (the proprietary version though, that was easiest. Sorry 😦 ) and clicked the “InnoTek VirtualBox” menu entry. Nothing happened.

Oh wait, I needed to be in the “vboxusersgroup”. OK, added myself, crossed my fingers, then launched VirtualBox again…

It was really unbelievable. I could run Xubuntu Herd 5 without problems! But of course, pictures say more than a gazillion words, so here you are:

First I created a virtual pc:
Selecting a VirtualBox machine
Then I selected the location of the ISO image:
Booting from an ISO image in VirtualBox
And there it is: a fully function desktop!
Xubuntu Feisty dektop in VirtualBox
And I can shut it down:
Shuttind down Xubuntu in VirtualBox
Xubuntu shutdown in VirtualBox

This is really cool, also if you do not need to dual-boot. It’s such a thrill to be able to run a LiveCD without burning it! In fact, I’m also downloading Ubuntu Feisty now, just to see what it has become by now.

But of course, you do not want to go through so much trouble as I went through to find out how to get it to work, that’s why I’ve posted this guide (for Edgy) on Xubuntuguide.org. Enjoy!

Photosynth for Linux?

First a video:

This is the demonstration video of Photo Tourism which was later transformed into Microsoft Photosynth (Wikipedia). Now, you’ll find it difficult to disagree with me when I say this is a great product. It just has that “cool factor”.

However, the Photosynth website says at the system requirements: Only Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RC1 or later are supported at this time. However, the video I showed above clearly shows it running on Linux (take a look at the titlebar of the web browser or the “add annotation dialog”). This could mean two things:

  1. Microsoft deliberately decided not to support Linux
  2. Microsoft may still want to make this available for Linux

I of course hope it is the latter, however, I am inclined to think the former is more likely. Four of the five members of the team worked at the University of Washington and might have worked on this project on Linux. However, now that the project website is at Microsoft’s website and it has been renamed to Microsoft Photosynth, I fear Microsoft did not want it to run on Linux. And obviously, the new demo videos do not show it running on Linux… What a terrible waste 😦 And if you go a little further, imagine how great it would’ve been if this was an open source project!

On the other hand, I have no knowledge at all about the project’s history or Microsoft’s decision, so this post might be completely ridiculous. In that case, I’m terribly sorry to ruin this blog’s reputation at the third post already…. If you know the details, please tell me in the comments to this post. Thanks!


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