Friday, 25 April 2008
I was going to go to the pub this evening.
Actually, it's almost 1am, so make that last evening.
But as you all know, Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04) came out yesterday. Ubuntu is a Linux operating system, though Jean Knee just thinks it sounds obscene. I'm not sure why, but I haven't tried saying it with a Texan drawl.
Ubuntu releases a new version every 6 months. Their release names are based on animals and go through the alphabet, so the previous one was Gutsy Gibbon, and the next one will be Intrepid Ibex.
The release numbers are year and month, so Gutsy was 7.10 and Intrepid will be 8.10.
I installed Gutsy on my desktop machine last month, and removed Windows entirely. I've not used my laptop (The Silver Surfer) as much as I'd planned, since I prefer using my Ubuntu machine. I can do all the things I need to on it. Use email. Access the web. Read blogs. Watch Aimilia.
So, instead of going to the pub I spent a couple of hours downloading Hardy. Then another few hours installing it on The Silver Surfer. It took ages because I've left Windows on it as an alternative OS, so had to resize my hard drive (No doubt Jean Knee will tell us that's obscene as well).
The good news is that it mostly works. The bad news is that the wireless thing doesn't. I have two options - get another wireless card or have a go at installing a slightly different version of Hardy (32-bit instead of the AMD-64 version), and if that works, installing the appropriate drivers for the wireless card.
So I've ordered another wireless card. If that arrives (and it's from Amazon, so that's a big "if"), I'll probably be sorted. If not, I'll think again.
So I'm near, so near, to being a Windows-free zone.