Archive for November, 2009

How to Deal with Bugs in Karmic

I should be ashamed of myself. 😉 Bugs in Karmic Koala? Say it ain’t so! But my x-windows haven’t allowed me to switch between them properly. I have been suffering (mildly) from glitches. Nothing bad enough to force me to resort to the tried and true ALT + F2 + SysRq. Just some annoying things that people who are new to Ubuntu shouldn’t have to go through.

I would like to tell you about some of the tactics I have made use of so far. One is to see if the tab key will work. If the cursor seems unresponsive, tabbing around in a window may get you to where you need to go.

Another thing to try – which didn’t occur to me until now – is to check the Karmic-proposed box under System > Administration > Software Sources > Updates. This has helped me a great deal, even though it hasn’t fixed everything yet. What it does is to allow you to update your computer with software that is still being tested – sort of like a beta release of the individual parts. If you are suffering from a bug, your bug fix may simply not have been moved into the main repositories yet.

Then you can go into System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. click on reload, then on Mark All Upgrades, then on Apply.

I’m so used to calling up the terminal via Applications > Accessories > Terminal and typing in

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade -y

to update my computer, I needed to review how to do it in Synaptic! ;)Technorati Tags: , , ,

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Karmic Koala Has Been Launched

Karmic Koala – Ubuntu 9.10 – was formally released on October 29, on schedule. If you have been waiting until the final release, it is here!

Be forewarned – it is still too soon after the release date for the servers to behave normally. I found, for instance, that downloading the ISO file, burning it to disk, and installing from scratch was easier than attempting to do a simple update-manager. I switched to a local mirror after receiving major “unable to reach network” messages while using the US main mirror. Even with that, the servers seem to be unreachable. Launch week is a madhouse!

One thing that I found that is new with Karmic is the command add-apt-repository. For instance, if you want to include the beautiful Bisigi artwork that I wrote about some time ago, you would just need to issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi
sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes

and you have wallpaper and themes galore to choose from. This works on properly formatted PPA repositories. (Unfortunately, when I tried it on the Ubuntu Tweak repository, it did not work. I hope this is something TualatriX can fix.)

The add-apt-repository command even adds the repository key so Ubuntu knows the files are authenticated. This takes away ninety percent of the pain of adding a PPA repository – you just need to know its name.


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