"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Some post-upgrade activities on the EEEPC

After the upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 I spent some time installing some of the applications I had in the previous installation and doing some little system tuning.
  • Enabled the bash “smart” completion function that helps completing not only file names but also commands options: I edited the “bash.bashrc” file ...
sudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc
and removed comments from the following lines (more details here)
# enable bash completion in interactive shells
if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then
. /etc/bash_completion
  • Installed Fbreader: I installed it using “Ubuntu software center” then I copied files “books.xml” and “config.xml” from the previous installation backup in the ".FBReader" folder in order to keep my configuration and books list.
  • Installed TrueCrypt: I just downloaded the last version from here and installed it following the same process I already used.
  • Installed Java and NetBeans: Ubuntu 9.10 repositories are quite up-to-date so I first installed Java JDK (1.6.0_15) using apt-get command:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
then I simply installed Netbeans (6.7.1) from the software center

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Installed Ubuntu 9.10 (NBR) on EEEPC 900

The upgrades season continues … after upgrading my desktop I decided to give a try to the lastly released Ubuntu version also on the EEEPC. I so downloaded, using bittorrent, Ubuntu 9.10 NBR ISO image from here and prepared a bootable SD card using the utility provided in Ubuntu desktop. I then started the EEEPC from the SD card reader and had my first test run on the system.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10

I recently upgraded my desktop computer (Sempron 2400) to the last released Ubuntu version. I decided to upgrade using the Ubuntu update manager, I so started the upgrade process and ... went to bed since it promised something like eight hours of download time.
The day after I continued the installation process and, at last, restarted my machine.