There had been a bit of a silence here since my last post, but suffice it to say, I claim victory and am happily running Ubuntu now. Turns out, installing Ubuntu on my Acer laptop was the easy part, getting the boot-loader to run though was a different beast altogether.
I was already ready to throw the towel on this one, until I found an old forum entry on how to make it work. I needed to dive into the BIOS a bit (which kind of feels scary), but I got it to work and the machine performs wonderfully.
My plan is to set up the machine as minimal as possible, but I still need to set up a few more things here. But I will take my time with that to make sure I only install what I really need.
During the last few days I have spent a lot of time freeing space on my Windows 10 machine as to create space for dual-booting Ubuntu. Turns out the work was in vain and I had to wipe the hard-drive and re-install Windows before being able to shrink the drive and install Ubuntu after all.
So far things went smoothly but there is now a bunch of updates to be done and of course getting rid of all the pre-installed crap. I really don’t get the need for the latter in the first place.
Anyway, things seem fine at the moment and I guess if things work out fine with the dualboot I will post the next update from there.
During the weeks since my last weeks not much had happened, and mostly everything was, like for everyone else, one big Groundhog Day. That pretty much sums it up. The last week though saw our daughter’s birthday and two amazing cakes and was happy to have succesfully created an Ubuntu thumb-drive.
That I have then used to revive an old, partly broken and otherwise unusable MacBook with a fresh Ubuntu install. I felt like a superhero and it is running just nicely. While installing it on that old machine was but a test, it is though part of a larger attempt of simplifying my things and with it switching over to Linux. Something that I used to, about 16 years or so ago.
My main machine will be dual-booted any day now. I’ll keep you posted.
The lockdown up here has been mildly been lifted and schools have partly opened again, our school is though still closed and remote teaching went on as usual. Everyone got more and more used to it and by now it is pretty much routine. We all made it to the end and by next week the summer vacation is about to start.
After this Spring I think everyone, teachers and students alike, have deserved some rest.
During the last 9-10 weeks I did not really watch much, at least not since my last update. I kind of stuck to my routine of preparing my lessons in the night and kept running Star Trek TNG in the background, but to be honest not much else.
I did however read quite a bit and finished my Sandman binge and continued with Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother series which made quite an impression on me. Also I continued with following Wil Wheaton’s “Radio Free Burrito” podcast.
So, that being said, I’m separated my only one week from summer vacation and plan to learn more about Emacs (I have a post already in the pipeline, but is this thing amazing!) and get up Ubuntu running on my main machine as well.
Just learned about Riot.im, Matrix and it’s decentralized platform. This looks very interesting. Will have have to set up an account soon as it looks like the answer to my messaging problems. I’m mildly optimistic, but then again thought that before.
I had to force myself to put the book away at 3 o’clock a.m. last night and instead finished reading Cory Doctorow’s Homeland in the morning. It’s just like Little Brother a very captivating and educating book. Looking forward to the third installment (Attack Surface) in the series.
Over the weekend I made myself a bootable Ubuntu thumbdrive via the terminal and revived an otherwise unsuable 12 year old MacBook installing Ubuntu on it. Now I’m tempted to run Linux on my main laptop as well, something that I haven’t done in about 15 years.