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Ubuntu Itch Returns

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS Screenshot

Today I got bored, and like always, like going back to a drug, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a virtual machine. Big mistake! Well, given Ubuntu’s history with me, it may be a mistake. I always have to deal with these itches to install Ubuntu; I love love love the idea of free software and Linux in general. But, if history has proven itself, then I probably shouldn’t install it on my Acer Aspire One. I have tried 8.04, 9.04, and 9.10 on all flavors of laptops, most recently 9.10 on my Acer Aspire One, in which I ended up installing XP so I could get my work done.

Ubuntu just always has “the problems,” maybe I will go through my old posts (not on this site yet) and count all those problems. I just remember it being slow and giving me enough problems that I went back to something that worked: Windows. And, it’s always about doing my work and not having to deal with fixing, hacking or customizing Linux-based OS’s all the time. But, the itch (as I have termed it over the years) is there, and I really really want to try it out. But, this time I am going to be patient and maybe Virtual Box it or something on my Acer and see how it works, maybe spend a couple days trying to use it and see if it slows down at all or just gives me hell.

Oh, Ubuntu, it’s like a bad romance…

Ubuntu 9.04 NR Suspend/SD Card Problem on Dell Mini 9

So, I decided to install Ubuntu 9.04 NR after starting my semester as a Computer Science Major, main reason, gcc. Plus, the Linux itch was getting to me, thought I’d give it a try again, give it another go.

But, right away, Ubuntu was running fine, of course with some of the usual drop in experience from XP: slow video, slow Firefox, etc. Even thought I still feel bad for grandma and still have no hope of her enjoying the Linux experience, I found a few tweaks to help:

But, other than that, Ubuntu is still not quite running well enough to give it even a B+, you get a C+. As we speak last.fm in Rhythmbox is skipping once in a while! But, that’s not what this post is about.

This is about when you close your lid on your Dell Mini 9, nothing comes up when you open it up except a cursor. After thinking for just a few hours, I figured it out, if you have an SD card in the slot, and sleep it, you are going to keep getting that. So, now, you have to remove the SD card before suspending the computer! Annoying, still wondering why I let the Linux itch get to me (as Last.fm keeps skipping and typing is freaking out, writing this post).

Bah!

Fixed: I had recently tried installing Ubuntu UNR on the SD card and had not formatted it since. After formatting the card (FAT16), it sleeps! Check out http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=208980 on how to format your card.