February 2006


Alright, things may still be a little skeletal around here, and I still haven’t figured out what the hell a “blogroll” is, but if nobody else is looking at this thing, I’m never going to figure out what else to do with it. So…*deep breath* I guess it’s time to tell people where this thing is. Well, maybe a few, at least. 🙂

So for those of you who are seeing this for the first time, welcome…be kind, be constructive, and have a good time!

Finally finished downloading the FC5 Test 3 .iso, and spent some time getting it up and running (well, after erasing a DVD-RW and burning the thing…at 1x…so is it really multitasking when one of the tasks is sitting and watching a progress bar?). Certainly not quite ready for prime time, but an interesting trip so far. Couple of complaints, tho:

1. Would have loved some kind of “confirm” screen after setting up partitioning. Something along the lines of “You are going to create partition xxxx/You are about to format partition xxxx, do you want to proceed?”. Probably just me being paranoid, but by the time I got to the “start install” step, the partition screen was so far back it would have taken a lot of effort to double-check.

2. Noticed during the installation process (with its wonderful, informative progress bar…loved that!) that even though I had set it to install KDE and removed all of the GNOME apps, a lot of GNOME/GTK+ related stuff was installed, much more than I remember being a part of Kubuntu. And while we’re on that subject, I would love it if unchecking a desktop environment would also de-select its apps…wasted a lot of time pulling GNOME apps out of each section.

3. X crankiness. On first boot, resolution was set way low, and when I tried to change the resolution, it scrambled the display with no (visible) way of getting it back. Hope that’s not still there when I reboot. Did not have this problem with Dapper Flight-4…then again, I also have no audio in Dapper…*sigh*

4. Bootloader install. Found no option to not install the bootloader and keep my current, and I have not found (in any of the distros I’ve used) an option to just append the new OS’s information to yaboot.conf, rather than installing over it. I’m sure this would be some massive technical headache to implement, but man, would it save a lot of time. I change my ‘testing’ Linux install often enough that this is annoying.

So that’s the story at this moment…haven’t tried to get wireless working and really dig around, but so far I’m a touch disappointed. Not disappointed enough to quit poking at it, tho… 🙂

Just back from a lightning trip down to Roanoke to play an audition. Was a good time, but did make for a long morning. Now catching up on the news I’ve missed (then again, I never read a newspaper before 4PM these days anyway), looking for last little bits of rumor on tomorrow’s Apple announcements, and perhaps watching a little more of 24 Season 2 (but really, can anything more ridiculous happen to Kim?). Hoping to try out Fedora 5 Test 3 tonight, but that’ll require the iso to actually finish downloading, and my DVD burner to decide to play nice and burn to a DVD-RW…*sigh*

Uh-oh…Gentoo 2006.0 has been released…there’s another evening I’ll never get back.

I really do have an unhealthy interest in installing operating systems, don’t I?

(Also just figured out how to set the time zone on this thing…slowly learning, I am…)

Alright, alright, it’s time to join the rest of the civilized world and make one of these blog things. Truth be told, I think it’ll be a good thing…well, at least until people start reading the thing!

Today’s projects:
Smoke on the Mountain (matinee)
Hunting the unkillable klaptop-reports-wrong-time-remaining-on-powerbook bug
Enjoy party while still being home for Grey’s Anatomy

I know, such a life I lead. But welcome, and have a good time while you’re here.