Cursor blinking in Ubuntu

I’m not sure when it happened, but yesterday and part of today I found myself in the company of a blinking cursor. Normally blinking cursors are not a big problem. The thing is, however, that when I’m writing code, or text in my favorite text editor, I want to know where the next character I type will land on the screen. With this blinking cursor, it seemed my mind started to blink in unison....

April 7, 2011

Aptitude why

Sometimes you find packages on your Ubuntu box and you don’t know how they got there. This happens often with automatically installed programs. To find the packages that require (or recommend) another package, you can use the aptitude why command. Below you see (an edited) example session where I needed to find the program that used a package. $ aptitude search timidity i A timidity - Software sound renderer... i A timidity-daemon - runs TiMidity++ as a sy....

November 11, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx released

Canonical just released the latest version of Ubuntu. I haven’t tried it yet, but will when things calm down here. At the end of April and the beginning of May there are a lot of parties in the Netherlands, e.g. Queensday and Liberation Day.

April 30, 2010

Ubuntu Update Manager as a notification icon

I really don’t like that the Ubuntu update-manager opens a window when it finds that there updates that can be installed. In older versions Ubuntu showed a small icon in the top panel. Apparently Ubuntu still allows you to do that, but you will need to call the following command: gconftool -s --type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false This will not add the icon to the top panel directly. You will need to wait for the next update for that....

September 25, 2009

The new Ubuntu 8.10

I installed the new Ubuntu 8.10 on friday. The thing is I have no idea what the differences with the previous version are. So let’s take a look at the release notes and changelogs. According to the changelog this new version of Ubuntu uses the new Gnome 2.24. The release notes of Gnome explain some of the new features. The version of Gimp is also updated to 2.6. This new version of Gimp has changed a whole lot....

November 3, 2008

Sound is working

My laptop (a Toshiba Sattelite Pro L40) has working sound now! It started woking after I added the following two lines to the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base options snd-card-0 index=0 model=3stack options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=3stack The problem was that the audio was working when I first started the laptop, but it would stop when I used the volume mixer. Changing the volume did something that made the audio stop working.

January 30, 2008

I installed Ubuntu on my laptop

I have installed Ubuntu Linux on my laptop. This is the second time that I tried installing linux on my laptop. The first time there were all kinds of problems with unsupported hardware. When I installed Ubuntu yesterday, everything worked (except for Wireless). After a bit of searching I found a solution in ndiswrapper. I’m not that happy with this, because it is using Windows drivers. I’m waiting for the release of the new madwifi wireless drivers, which I hope will fix this problem....

January 30, 2008