Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)
As recently blogged by me, I installed Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) to my laptop so that I could get around Fedora issues I was having and have a workable desktop. And here is my trip report.
I installed the latest version, 6.06, and expected to have loads of fun reconfiguring and getting it to work. Depending on your point of view, the fact that it worked entirely out of the box and with no problems is a good or bad thing. Since I am using this as a temporary measure, maybe, I see it as a good thing. I downloaded the .iso file from the site and burned it to disk. Note: when burning, I followed my own advice and burned it at a low speed, no coasters for me! The iso file you download is for a live cd – this means that the entire distro can be run entirely from cd and you don’t have to touch your hard disk. The live cd comes with a very simple to run installer should you wish to install it to disk. Which I did.
I rebooted, it had recognised and configured my video card, my mouse, my network card and my sound card. By now I was feeling a wee bit superfluous. I needed to do nothing – except open the menus to see what was running. My wireless card gave me a few issues, which I got around by installing wireless-tools and related files via synaptic and apt and lo, my wireless card was up and running. Didn’t take long to do either – absolute piece of cake, to be honest. I would definitely recommend this distro to the newbie in your life.
Obligatory screenshot of my desktop:
The wallpaper, by the way, was lifted from the Something Awful forums – it made me laugh. This is the standard Gnome desktop as provided by Ubuntu – if you look closely, you can see that I am running Azureus and Bittornado. Both of which were provided by Synaptic.
Something I found rather cool was the fact that when I plugged in my iPod – to charge it up – I gained a new icon on my desktop and Rhythmbox opened up and imported all my files.
As a long time KDE user, it pains me to say that Rhythmbox is what Amarok should be – it’s pretty lean, just does what it’s supposed to and has very few useless (useless to me, that is) tools to figure out.
Anyway, trip report completed. I still say that I will install Slackware, and I will, but I think that I may also keep Ubuntu around for a while longer. Interestingly, I don’t have the annoying freezing problem that I had in Fedora – Gmail Manager and GoogleSync are both running happily.
Rhythmbox is a nice application that I recommend to anyone reading this.
Obviously, you need some links, so feast your eyes on these:
The wallpaper came from this thread and this post. Thanks goons. Full credit to goon “Operator” is given. The forums have lots of content stolen from them, so always give full credit where it’s due.
As I said, download it and try it out for yourself – you will be pleasantly surprised.