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Archive for July, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 on Dad’s Laptop

Ubuntu 11.04 with my wallpaper ^^

So, while I haven’t convinced my dad to leave Windows yet, I’ve managed to install Ubuntu 11.04 on his laptop which leaves me really happy x)

The wallpaper was made by me and it’s my submission for Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper contest.

If you’re not a Linux user and you’re wondering what is Ubuntu – it’s just the most popular Linux distribution out there nowadays. And it’s easy to know why – it’s got everything you need configured and ready to function. I don’t even remember the last time I had to use the terminal in Ubuntu.

For those who are trying to get rid of Windows, I’d recommend Ubuntu, definitely. Or even Kubuntu which is Ubuntu but with a different look – really pretty and a bit more Windows-like due to all the widgets and the bar at the bottom. The only catch is that either you have at least 2GB RAM or you’re gonna feel how heavy that thing is on your computer and you won’t want to try Linux ever again (which is something I want to avoid you doing).

More about Ubuntu then  – there’s a new release every six months and it’s like so: 11.04, for example, it’s the release for 2011 and it’s April’s release… 11.10 would be a release later in that same year, but in October – it’s actually easy to understand. Each release brings new updates and can even bring a different, prettier look (or different managing of stuff like it happened from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, with the introduction of Unity). You don’t have to format your computer or anything – on the update manager, when there’s a new release, it’s going to ask you to install it – it feels just like another update, but of course, with a bunch of more new stuff.

Then, from two to two years, there are the LTS releases – it’s basically a release like any other except it’s a lot more stable and the support lasts for more years.

You have an Ubuntu Software Center where you can go download the programs you need for free, or even pay for some (mostly it’s just games you’d also buy in Windows, like World of Goo for example) if you want to – it’s a bit like Apple’s App Store really.

There’s also a thing called Ubuntu One which gives 5GB of free space to keep stuff online, much like Dropbox.

I don’t remember anything else at the moment, so cya ;)

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Asus EeePC back… with Windows XP

My Windows XP right now (don’t worry, it’s just until Arch finishes its download XD)

Well, as mentioned in an earlier post, my Asus EeePC 1005HA’s HDD had died… So I sent my netbook to Asus and they got me a new hard drive and a new keyboard (the tab key had “jumped” from the last keyboard xD) – and of course, my OS changed to this netbook’s default one – Windows XP.

I decided to have a little fun before installing Arch and forgetting about Windows – so I thought about theming my Windows XP to look like Ubuntu or even a random linux distro which looked good. However I only found ancient linux themes, and they were all ugly.

So I thought – well, I don’t want Windows to look like Windows but the Linux themes are ugly as hell.. Hmm… Oh, I got it – Mac OS X.

And that was easy as hell – just had to find a Mac theme I liked and then… right, and then what? How the hell can a person install themes in Windows?..

So all one has to do is patch a dll file and install the theme – simple right?

Right… Still prefer Linux anytime though. All the unnecessary downloads I did just to manage to install a theme before I figured out what I had to do exactly… Linux is better anytime :)

Oh well, anyway… This is my desktop right now, which won’t last long because I’m thinking of having a Linux/ Mac dual boot and get rid of Windows for good… Mac can cover my proprietary needs like using Microsoft Office and stuff… and has Keynote and a bunch of other cool stuff to play around if I don’t feel like Linux one day xD


Arch/ Openbox – setting default applications

So… I really like Openbox but one of my initial problems was opening stuff in Chromium – it would open in Firefox and I was like “what the hell? o_o”..

After searching for a bit, I found the solution, which I will now share with who is interested – this not only allows to choose the application in which files will open in Chromium, but it will also allow you to set the default application to always open that kind of file.

So let’s see more action, less talk.

1. Install the package perl-file-mimeinfo from the repositories

Open terminal and write

sudo pacman -S perl-file-mimeinfo

2. In terminal, invoke the mimeopen command like this:

mimeopen -d /path/to/file

Example:

3. You’ll be asked which application you wish to use to open that kind of file.

Example:

4. Either select the number corresponding to one of the apps listed or pick the last number – other – and insert the command you want. The command is usually just the name of the program you want – I could’ve typed just “sonata” (without the “) for example, and my mp3 files would open with sonata.

Example:

Hope this helped ^^ If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll answer :3

 


New desktop ~ Openbox this time

My new desktop – Arch and Openbox

So, losing everything wasn’t as bad as I thought. My boyfriend had an old netbook which isn’t much different from mine really, and he let me have it while mine isn’t fixed.

And so, I installed Openbox and configured my conky and all and this is the result currently. I really really like it this time, I think it’s one of the best – simple and beautiful.

I’m using Arch, tint2, nm-applet, gnome-sound-applet and conky for now ^^


Lost everything ;__;

My boyfriend’s desktop with Arch and Gnome 3 (it’s actually pretty but I hate Gnome 3 so..)

Bad news… well, maybe not for you, but for me definetely. My hard disk died… and I lost everything I’d done to my OS.. sure, I kept a small backup of college stuff.. But my Gimp stuff, it all disappeared ;___;

I’d started making a wallpaper for Ubuntu’s October release – for the contest – and it was so pretty… But I lost it x.x

I still can’t understand what happened, it’s not like I overclocked my Netbook or anything… And while I used it daily, it wasn’t intensive use really… So I can’t put my finger on what the hell happened… It’s still in warranty so I’ll make use of that, but my data… gone… forever… I seriously need to have backups of more stuff and keep it more updated…

However, despite all the drama in my heart, it can actually be considered a good thing – I was thinking of formatting my whole hard drive so I’d have a fresh clean installation and so that I’d dedicate my time to customizing Openbox once again – god I really miss it for some reason…

KDE is out of the question for me because, there’s no way I’m gonna update my RAM anytime soon, and without that, KDE is one slow DE.. XFCE was good too but I really fell in love with Openbox for some reason… I just need to get it all configured again x)

Btw, I was thinking if Arch was really the best choice for me – it’s customizable and updated however I’ve been thinking that there might be better distro choices for me. I need a simple, clean distro, easy to use and understand and, more importantly, lightweight because of my Netbook (Asus Eeepc 1005HA)… what do you recommend?


Desktop of the Week

Aegis <3

Changed my desktop to XFCE again because KDE was driving me crazy from the slowness T_T

So now I’ve got my XFCE back and I’m ready to make it beautiful ^^

Also, background is Aegis from Persona 3, my new addiction <3 (yes, I do know no one plays PS2 anymore but I like classics)