Not quite what I was expecting from Linux, but still, I think we are getting there. I got notice of an opportunity to upgrade to 16.04 from 14.04 as I was installing updates to 14.04. I waited for the updates to install and then started on the upgrade. My opinion with Linux is that it seems to be better to do a clean install from an iso than upgrade an existing version. It takes AGES. Two hours later I had the upgrade installed. It had stalled when it was installing fonts and appeared to be quite dead. I left it for 15 minutes and it righted itself thank goodness. It was then very glitchy as it got going. The laptop would hang and then get going again and I was thinking I had not made a good decision. This is a Dell Studio 1558 i7 cpu Q740 1.73 GHz with 6 GB RAM. I can see where the problems are. Ubuntu 16.04 is probably built for something a bit faster. Graphics have been an issue. I can’t use Shutter because it hangs the computer. I use the print screen button and then crop the picture which takes longer but at least I am not stalling my computer. I had Kaffeine running TV from a DVT stick and then it fell apart but, as you can see from the picture it was working fine again this morning. Speaking of which, when I rebooted this morning I had a lovely black screen with a colourful stripey rectangle to the right. Nice modern art but not an operating system. I shut it down, waited for a minute and then turned it back on. A magenta screen with a choice of 3 options. Oh good. Choices but none seemed to mean anything to me so I selected the one highlighted. Linux instinctively chooses the right option in my experience. So now my laptop has been running all morning. I have done any number of different things on it and have been to all sorts of different sites and used different applications. I still cannot use Shutter. Everything loads quickly, everything looks really nice. The graphics on this are well designed. I shall wait until the next version of 16.04 because I can say one thing for the Net, everyone gets on there and says what problems they are having. Coders and developers then have a way of fixing things which are going wrong and getting good information out. I have installed the updates. It appears to me running more smoothly and I am following what I have not already done on 16 things to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04. This sort of advice is very helpful. This version is running better on my Dell than 14.04 so I am hopeful the silly nonsense will be resolved. I hate living with the feeling I shall jam up the works just because I want to cut and paste!
It is the teenniest thing. I just happened to find this bluetooth adapter in its package when I was op shopping. Never overlook a bargain. It means I have options. I connected my Targus USB Ultra-Mini Bluetooth 2.00 Adapter with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) to my Ubuntu laptop and we were in business…sort of. It connected , lit up and I could send files from the laptop to my Samsung S5 phone . Sending files to the laptop from the phone was not working and no matter what I did ….nothing. That was the main reason I wanted the bluetooth connection. Yes, I can connect the wire to my phone and transfer things that way. Yes, I can use Dropbox which is very efficient when I have access to wifi. Bluetooth gives me a wireless option when I don’t want to use wires and I don’t have wifi access. It also means I can use it on my desktop computer. I googled to get help, as you do. I found this help on a Linux Mint tutorial and found by loading the Blueman programme from the Ubuntu Software Centre I could have full functionality with phone and laptop. The devices connected quickly and the files transferred easily both ways. I did not need to install the obext ftp.
How can you forget your own best friend? I have blogged about Ubuntu Tweak before when I was on Ubuntu 10. I installed the version for 14.04, cleaned up the Ubuntu installation and let Ubuntu Tweak preen my desktop. It’s a very handy utility with numerous options which is very reliable. I used the instructions on unixmen to install it.
I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04.4 on my Dell Studio 1558. The 64 bit version is accessing the 6 GB of ram and the graphics are very impressive. Ubuntu doesn’t come preloaded with everything you need as Linux Mint does but it was very quick to install my favourites – Gimp, Brasero, Miro , Shutter, Chrome, Banshee, Anagramarama. I checked if it had the partition manager GParted and it does. I use Thunderbird as my email client. I had it all up and running in about 20 minutes. At the moment it is not running Me TV properly so I shall have to sort that out. It is also better to use Chrome to view e-cards and things like that, plus Chrome has all my bookmarks and so I can quickly set myself up on another computer. Ubuntu is more like the Apple set up with a menu where you search for whatever you want as you do with Spotlight in Apple. The unity desktop is very clean and well organised. The menu i you to access whatever you need on your computer or the web very quickly. Ubuntu has a real interest in education and educational resources as well and it will be interesting to follow some of that up. It’s a while since I have been on Ubuntu. It was the first version of Linux I tried and then I swapped to Linux Mint. This new Ubuntu has a really nice interface and is very efficient. I am liking it a lot.
The Raspberry Pi 2 is a mighty little machine. So far it can do everything and what it can’t do I have to learn so that it does it. All part of the fun. I have used other Linux OS but not Debian which this one came prepackaged with. I’ve used Fedora which I could see would go well on a Raspberry Pi, Linux Mint, Mandrake and Ubuntu. I looked around online to get the right package. I have one with a WiFi stick which I haven’t tried yet and a power supply. I think the power supply is important . I am happy with what I ordered and it matches well with what I already have. There are lots of choices of packages so it means sorting through, thinking and then choosing the best one for your needs and what you already have by way of cables and hardware. I cannot believe how small it is and yet it runs like a perfectly normal computer and so silently. There is a lot of support on the net for the Raspberry Pi and tomorrow I’ll post some of the links I found invaluable. The first things I did were load Scrot and take screenshots through Terminal and then I used Terminal to download Gimp so I can edit my images properly. It’s the first computer I have built but that is stretching the meaning of the word a bit. I put all the bits together into the case and connected it to a monitor , ethernet cable, mouse, keyboard and power source. Not a bad effort!