Mike’s Linux Desktop Experiences

April 6, 2008

Linux is a Tool and a Philosophy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Mike @ 11:08 am
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I completely give up on the notion that Linux is superior on the desktop.

It’s not.

No advocate will be able to convince me otherwise. Especially if they “haven’t used Windows in years”. I’m not going to spend time trying to convey the vastly superior performance of my machine under Windows XP than under Ubuntu. I’ve encountered this problem for years under multiple versions of Windows and I’m not willing to compare it any further. It’s not helpful to anyone.

Advocates do a huge disservice to Linux when they make broad claims of ease of use and performance.

That said. Linux is useful to me because I administer Linux servers professionally. It’s a tool. It has particular characteristics and features which can help me. It has many characteristics and features which hinder me.

Now on to getting Ubuntu to use LUKS on my X24.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedFilesystemHowto7

I Add/Removed gparted, created a /boot, did a cp -a to get stuff into the new /boot, did a little dance to get rid of the old /boot fired up grub-install.

I made some mistakes along the way, but I was able to fix them by:

  • booting with the LiveCD,
  • mounting on /mnt/root and /mnt/root/boot, then
  • editing my /mnt/root/boot/grub/menu.lst
  • running grub –root-directory=/mnt/root /dev/sda

My old menu options looked like this:


title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=5f0be2ea-329e-476b-91b5-2320b9f20f23 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
quiet

My new ones look like this:


title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
root (hd0,3)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=5f0be2ea-329e-476b-91b5-2320b9f20f23 ro quiet splash
initrd /initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
quiet

My partition table now looks like this:


root@pigeon:~# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00043c78

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 2433 19543041 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 2434 4866 19543072+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 4880 30401 205005465 5 Extended
/dev/sda4 4867 4879 104422+ 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

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1 Comment »

  1. I’ve found linux works fine as a desktop operating system – mind you I have been using since about 1996 when it was really rough around the edges.

    Similar to Windows 2000 or NT or Solaris you need to stick to hardware that works.

    Compairing Ubuntu 8.04 to XP isn’t really fair – you should compare it with Vista. I’ve been running Ubuntu 6.06 LTS since it first came out on a IBM Thinkpad very happily.

    Comment by Anthony — July 20, 2008 @ 5:32 pm | Reply


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