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Still no closer to finding a solution to the problem with VMWare.
I have also run out of patience with it.

No one else seems to have had this problem *and found a solution* for it.

So, last night I started prepping my disks for a return to Vista.

Still, this time at least I persevered way longer with Linux than I have in the past. Maybe some day Linux will be ready. Until then, we'll always have Vista ;-)
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Ok, so far so good. I've managed to get most of the things I need sorted with the notable exceptions of World of Warcraft and VMWare.

World of Warcraft I can live without as I can just build a spare machine purely for the purpose of running WoW. That would be an annoyance, but nothing I can't live with...

Well, I have actually managed to install both WoW and the Burning Crusade expansion.

It's when trying to install the latest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, that it all falls down.
It starts fine, but I can't click on the Agree button when I get to the EULA, and obviously that's a pretty big stumbling block...

The really big problem is VMWare.
Getting this one to work is absolutely vital to the success of Operation Jaunty Jackalope.

It seemed to install fine using the instructions in the manual, but when running the app I'm presented with an error and the application fails to load :-/
I obviously can't remember the error of the top of my head, but nevermind, I shall look into this later and hopefully find a resolution.

I'm currently about to install VMWare on a virtual host to see if it does the same thing.

Other than that, I have happily discovered Krusader which is great for general filesystem work although I really need to get into a habit of using the shell a bit more.
I am currently using Evolution for mail, which is adequate, but it would be nice to get Outlook working under Wine
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Linux Day 3:

I have managed to figure out how to connect and partition a hard drive. It turned out to be slightly simpler than certain 'helpful' websites had led me to believe. So now I'm looking forwards to plugging the last two in, and see how I get on.

I have also managed to find a reasonably decent Solitaire clone. This is very important!

I have access to MSN Messenger via Pidgin and VLC is providing me with all I need to watch my pirate downloads (Yarrrr).
I haven't sorted out an e-mail client yet. I'm tempted to see if I can get Outlook 2007 to work with Wine.
I would prefer a nicer file system utility. I wonder if Midnight Commander or Norton Commander have some descendents for Linux...
That would be sweet...

I'll try to practice with the shell tonight. I'll need to move horrendous amounts of data around (about 1tb) so I'll have ample opportunity to try that out.

Then I'll also need to map network shares more permanently. I am supremely confident that I'll be able to do this.

Once that's done, and I don't think I'll get it all done tonight, then it's time to install and configure Compiz, it's basically a program that should enhance the user experience, and a music player...

In the meanwhile, I managed to finally get around to taking pictures of my full Warhammer Army )
178 Models
8300 Points

And when I posted the pictures I realised I had left one out... /sigh

And the other thing I'll be doing tonight and over the weekend is to paint...
I need to, at the very least, finishe off some of those tanks...

Linux Day 1

Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:50 pm
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Linux Day 1:

Last night I installed kUbuntu on Khaine, and it mostly went well.
A couple of snags were hit, but with the right blessings of the Omnissiah and incense to soothe the Machine's spirit all was soon well and I was booting into a new and strange Operating system.

Unlike last time I tried Ubuntu, Nvidia had provided a fairly simply way of enabling Dual-Monitor output. Getting it to save the configuration changes were a different matter as I had to run the program as root and there was no obvious way of doing that.
Coming from Windows I'm used to holding Shift + Right Clicking when I need to do something with elevated credentials.
Never mind though, ridding the galaxy of Xenos, Mutants and Heretics is a journey, not a destination and with the help of [livejournal.com profile] digitalangel I managed to overcome this obstacle as well.
Ok, that's an exaggeration, she told me step by step what to do :-D
A couple of reboots later, and Ubuntu is now stretched across two monitors.

A nice thing about Linux is of course the sheer amount of free software available and I was soon on MSN again courtesy of Pidgin.
I found a couple of Solitaire clients which I'll be trying out later ^_^
Firefox has all my usual add ons installed so the most important things have been taken care off.

Now we come to the 'To Do List' for the evening:
1) Install VMWare
2) Find an e-mail client that allows IMAP access to Hotmail
3) Figure out how to mount additional hard drives!!! (I may have solved this one...)
4) Figure out how to 'map'/connect to network shares so they are always there when I log in!!!
5) Find a decent WinAmp replacement
6) Find a good video player (I'm guessing VLC will be the choice here)
7) Go to the gym
8) Make a big tasty burger
9) Eat a big tasty burger
10) Paint either some Tau or a Razorback
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It was a beautiful lovee affair while it lasted, but now I have been betrayed by those attempts at making home networking easier and simpler...
Even Windows 95 would've been easier to force into submission and get to access my NAS boxes...
Grrr.
Not to mention copying files. How the devil is it possible to screw something so simple up?
When I drag a bunch of files, whatever the hell possessed Microsoft to think that I want them to tell me whether there is space where I'm copying to? Morons!
They've even managed to break that wonderful little utility Robocopy. After Dragging and dropping became a joke in Vista (And Windows 7) it became a lifeline for anyone moving files around, but no, now that doesn't work properly either. Morons!

Sigh, if Ubuntu wasn't such a pig to get to work with two monitors, I'd give it a go, but it *is* an absolute swine, so back to XP I go...

Actually, here's a challenge for you OS communists. Suggest me a Linux distro that will happily run two monitors on a Nvidia 8800gtx card and a PNY Nvidia card on an out of the box install and I'll give give you little hippie commune a serious try...

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