Month: August 2016

LMDE2 MATE on a Netbook

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I recently dug out my old Dell Inspiron 9 netbook and decided to get it loaded with an up-to-date OS. I don’t use this machine often due to it being old (it came with Ubuntu Hardy installed), slow, having a low resolution, and lacking a battery. I decided to go with the MATE version of LMDE. I’m running this on another machine which chugs away without a problem so I felt confident with this choice. I quickly learned this netbook shouldn’t exist anymore as I couldn’t even see the installer buttons due to the low resolution. With some guessing about how many times I needed to press tab to get to the next screen I eventually got through the installer. I reboot and everything worked right away. While I was happy with this I really wish they would release updated install media. The newest LMDE media is from March 2015 making me need to run over a year’s worth of updates. This distro comes with Firefox which is ok but I ended up installing Midori (why is this not in the repo?) due to how slow this machine is. In the end I got this little machine setup and found it to be decent for playing Spotify or doing light web browsing. Would I use it as a daily machine? No chance but I can take it outside (as long as I have an outlet) and stream music without worrying about breaking it.

Ubuntu on Windows 10

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I finally got a chance to play with Ubuntu on Windows 10. It is still in beta so you have to turn on the developer option in Windows, add a feature, then run the install. Not a terrible process but it could be more straight forward. The Ubuntu install is Trusty so it is a bit dated but for what I use it for that is fine. I’ve just started playing with it and noticed some weird quirks but the basics work. I was able to connect through telnet and ssh as well as install and run htop and screenfetch. Htop has some quirks like showing all CPUs over 50% constantly. It is not perfect but it is nice to have bash in Windows.