Tag: Precise Pangolin
It was only recently that I upgraded my desktop PC to Quental (12.10). I had upgraded my laptop and that ran well, but my desktop had issues Precise (with 12.04) and so I was wary about taking my desktop up to Quental. My thinking was that I would give Quental time to stabilise and get a few patches out, and then I’d upgrade. That’s what I did and I’m pleased to say my desktop likes Quental (and vice versa) so once again my two machines are running on the latest and greatest Ubuntu, and with no apparent issues.
So that was good, but I was dismayed that a few of my favourite applications were no longer included in the 12.10 distribution. That was no major problem, I just installed them from the Ubuntu Software Centre. But KompoZer, one of my often used applications, had been removed from the Ubuntu Software Centre (although it does seem to be back now). Just in case it vanishes again and you need to install it, you can get the two required packages from the links below. One is for KompoZer itself, the other is described as ‘KompoZer data files’. You need to install the data files first.
Follow the links below and then download the .debs. Double-click the downloaded .debs to install them.
I’ve never had the best of luck with Ubuntu on laptops. Several years ago I loaded a version onto an old Compaq laptop I had lying around, but no matter what I did I couldn’t get the wireless networking to behave. Or, in fact, to work at all. I gave up with that particular struggle and left it for a while, thinking I would come back to it when a few more versions of Ubuntu had come and gone. A little more recently I thought it was time to try again with a recent version of Ubuntu. But age had not been kind to the Compaq, there are bad sectors on the hard disk and so Ubuntu won’t install. It detects the bad sectors, complains and drops out of the install. So I abandoned that idea and decided to wait until I can get my hands on a donor (read: free) hard disk for it.
Then I remembered that my wife has a new desktop PC, a Nexus 7 tablet and a new work laptop into the bargain. Her personal laptop was lying around gathering dust. One quick period of negotiation later and I had permission to throw Ubuntu 12.04 onto it.
This went on like a dream and to my surprise, joy and (let’s be honest) relief Ubuntu found and worked with all of the hitherto tricky bits that sometimes blight the Ubuntu and laptops experience.
Ubuntu 12.04 found and correctly configured the networking, both the wired and the wireless. It correctly set up the touchpad, the roller-wheel volume control and the scroll up/down swipe pad at the edge of the touchpad. It also works with the inbuilt graphics card just fine. Unity works in a fast and slick fashion and all of the compiz eye-candy like wobbly windows works, first time, with no no manual intervention required.
As laptops go it is fairly modest (in all things apart from weight and size). It is a Toshiba something of a certain age (it originally came with Vista). It has a 1280×800 screen, and is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz. It boasts a meagre 1 GB of RAM and an 85 GB hard disk. Nevertheless it runs just fine. It isn’t blazingly fast but it works fast enough that you don’t feel limited by it. But for me the best part of this whole experiment is that everything worked, right off the bat. If I close the lid it goes into hibernation. If I press the menu key beside the Alt Gr key I get a right-click context menu. Small things all of them, when counted on their own, but it does show just how far Ubuntu has come.
Forgive me Ubuntu for my lack of faith. I should have known better – it was just a matter of time.