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30 November 2007 @ 04:26 pm
So Far, So Good...  
...as the man said to himself as he passed by each floor as he fell from the skyscraper.

The new 320 Gb hard drive is in, Ubuntu is installed on it, and everything seems to be running smoothly.

Ubuntu immediately recognized the graphics card, informed me that the proper drivers weren't open source, and asked me if I wanted to install them anyway. After a bit of (ahem) discussion, both monitors are up and running happily.

My AIM account is working in Pidgin, the IM client that comes with Ubuntu; I've blown off ICQ entirely.

The data from my old D: drive is intact and fully accessible.

Now I just have to figure out how to install new software!
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Reveille D'Giovanettireveille_d on December 1st, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I think Ubuntu uses Synaptic Package Manager, as a gui? You can also do it from the command line like so:

sudo apt-get install APPLICATION

For some things, it's easy, ie:

sudo apt-get install firefox

If you don't know the name you can do:

apt-cache search APPLICATION

However, I don't remember if the apt sources by default is configured to check non-CD sources. You should check the file:

/etc/apt/sources.lst

to see if it has something like this:

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted universe multiverse


Substitute edgy for whatever distro you're using, of course.

Edited at 2007-12-01 01:20 am (UTC)
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on December 1st, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Yes, it uses Synaptic. "Package Managers" are a whole new paradigm for me. I haven't quite figured out how it WORKS.
silussa on December 1st, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Pidgin supports ICQ, at least in Windoze.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on December 1st, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Sure, but I don't feel like making a new ICQ account.
morphyloonmorphyloon on December 1st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
So, um... when are you going to back up that old drive before it kicks the bucket?
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on December 1st, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
What, the 80-gig? Some time in the next couple of days. I can just dump its contents into a corner of the new drive and move on.