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Switching to Ubuntu

Switching my laptop to Ubuntu took much less time and effort than I thought it would take. I couldn’t resize my existing partitions, so I formatted my data partition and made my swap partition smaller. This gave me about 6.5GB of space for the base Ubuntu system. My /home directory was already on a separate partition, and the other partitions had my installations of Microsoft Windows and Redhat Enterprise Linux.

Reusing my /home partition made it really easy to get up and running. I’ve also symlinked a few shared directories such as /usr/src and /usr/local. End result: a system that’s pretty much like my RHEL system, but much more current.


Linux and Windows playing nicely together

I spent the better part of this weekend trying to get Linux and Windows to play nicely together. I’m much more comfortable in Linux than I am at Windows, but I need both: Linux for development, and Windows to deal with all the other office productivity stuff. After I started running into frustrating Windows-specific issues, I realized that Linux-like workarounds on Windows just weren’t enough for me. So I repartitioned my hard disk, installed IBM’s Open Client for Linux, and switched over. 

It wasn’t easy to get VMware up and running. I saw more Blue Screens of Death than I had in the past year. It was frustrating switching back and forth, trying to figure out the right combination of drivers so that I could use VMware to run an existing Windows XP installation. After I installed the VMware SCSI drivers, my SATA drive finely worked.

Audio wasn’t enabled by default, but after I set that up, even Dragon NaturallySpeaking worked without a hitch. So now, I’m dictating into Windows, which is running in Linux. This makes me happy. =)

Linux Device Driver Kit

Always wanted to write a kernel device driver but never got around to it? Now you have no excuse! Check out the Linux Driver Development Kit, which includes:

everything that a Linux device driver author would need in order to create Linux drivers, including a full copy of the O’Reilly book, “Linux Device Drivers, third edition” and pre-built copies of all of the in-kernel docbook documentation for easy browsing. It even has a copy of the Linux source code that you can directly build external kernel modules against.

Totally cool.

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