Two Great Reviews

Today, I found two great reviews with a nice list of software to watch or install.

First, Linux Format Magazine published a posting announcing the releasing of Ubuntu 7.10, which included a review of the release:

 http://lunapark6.com/ubuntu-710-gutsy-desktop-edition-review.html

Not only does the author describe his experience with installing the new version, but he also provides some nice ideas for software to install such as vlc, k3b, Kino, ardour, Google Earth & Desktop, VMWare Server, and MythTV.

Another article I found from Linux Format Magazine was about installing Slackware:

The Perfect Desktop — Slackware 12

This article also listed numerous software install ideas along with detailed explanations on how to install the system.  The article also points out that the HowToForge also has other similar articles for other distributions.  I haven’t tried it but the Linux Distribution Chooser sounded very interesting too.

Finding Software Alternatives

I saw in a post earlier a recommendation for a website called OSAlt.  This is a great resource for finding open source software to meet your needs.

Resources

Software Advocacy: Open Source Software Alternatives 

Listing Options for Apt-Get

I have learned to get around in yum, but now with Ubuntu, I am having to learn apt-get.

Before with yum, I could do:

sudo yum list | grep -i <some program>

now, I need to do:

apt-cache search <some program>

Resources

apt-get – list of software?

Bug: Fedora 8 Test 2 Boot

Fedora 8 Test 2 freezes when I try to boot it. This happens both with the install DVD and once I have it installed. I need to try to “post a report”, but until I figure out how, here is the output:

Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 (c) Adam Belay
pnp: PnP ACPI init
ACPI: bus type pnp registered
pnp: PnP ACPI: found 11 devices
ACPI: ACPI bus type pnp unregistered
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
usbcore: registered new device driver usb
PCI: Using ACPI for IRQ routing
PCI: If a device doesn’t work, try “pci=routeirq”. If it helps, post a report

For now, I am trying out Ubuntu. I am kind of dead in the water with Fedora right now unless I go back to Fedora 6 or maybe 7.

Update: Here is the bug — 316811

Actually, I did not do a good job searching for a bug.  My bug was marked duplicate and here is the actual bug: 299301

Installing Flash for 64-bit Firefox on Ubuntu

These two pages really helped me:

Howto Install 32 bit Firefox with Flash w/sound and Java for AMD64

TGHC / 64bit browser with java and flash plugins for Ubuntu

The script worked very well for me.  As far as I can tell, everything seems to be working.  I am using Swiftweasel and I am liking it.   I had already installed some extensions such as Google’s toolbar, and I did not have to reinstall them for Swiftweasel.

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