OK, it seems like a week or so, but I got back to Buenos Aires on Friday, at three o'clock in the morning.
Since then, I have had a welcome back asado with my family, have (wiping a tear from my eye) wiped out Slackware on my AMD64/SATA wonderbox (after a suitable dvdbackup), and put up a spanking new Ubuntu desktop. Got the nvidia card drivers in through synaptic (nvidia-glx – by the way don't forget that nvidia-settings is a broken package, it is actually installed automatically by nvidia-glx, just install the latter and you can do <alt-F2> and just run nvidia-settings)
After installing the nvidia driver, you have to edit xorg.conf so "Driver "nv" is changed to "nvidia" as follows:
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000 AGP 8x]"
It is now Sunday at 7 in the morning. Got my thunderbird mail going, just installed thunderbird then copied in .mozilla-thunderbird folder. Why am I not tired? Because I'm thrilled, that's why!
I am getting a lot of help from:
- having used Ubuntu in Venezuela for a project I was working on there; and
- the Ubuntu Forums , where you can find out just about anything; and
- The amazing book Ubuntu Unleashed , by Andrew and Paul Hudson (which told me the name of the ubuntu module with the nvidia drivers, apart from holding my hand needlessly during flawless recognition of my SATA drive).
- The amazing [[http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Dapper]]
For example, after installing sun-java (in any of its varieties), the latter reference tells you how to set the sun jvm as the default (useful for eclipse, etc.):
victorkane@mentor:/etc/apt$ sudo update-alternatives --config java
There are 3 alternatives which provide `java'.
*+ 2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-gcj/jre/bin/java
Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number: 3
Using `/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun/jre/bin/java' to provide `java'.
victorkane@mentor:/etc/apt$ java -version
java version "1.5.0_06"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_06-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.5.0_06-b05, mixed mode)
Well, on to getting everything… just like I like it.