PendulumTech

July 27, 2007

And So I Begin…

Filed under: installation,ubuntu,virtual machine — by Penelope Stowe @ 11:41

I really do not know much about computers past what most basic users know. This was my first time installing an operating system and I certainly had never set up a virtual machine before. I opted to use VMware and use a virtual machine because, although installing on a virtual machine removes my ability to do some the flashy 3-D stuff, it also takes away many of the hardware problems.

Installing and set-up in Ubuntu was simple. It’s no harder than any other operating system I have used. Everything was an easy walk-through for me. All of the programs I have tried so far used that came pre-installed have been easy to use and really no different from their MacOS counterparts.

The only part I had any problem with was installing VMware tools. First I was unsure which installer I should use. I opted to try the tar.gz installer because it was the one where I recognized the file type. I looked at the information provided by the VMware Fusion help index and got very confused. In retrospect, all the information was there, but I was confused by the presentation. I would have done better if the commands had been written out and then explained separately, rather than an explanation, then a command, another explanation, another command, etc. I figured, however, that if I was confused other people had been as well. I understood conceptually that I needed to copy the installer to a temp folder and then uncompress the installer and did those bits manually. After that was where I could not quite figure out what commands I needed so I went searching on the Ubuntu forums. I found the commands written out the way I needed them in a reply to this post as follows:

cd vmware-tools-distrub
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

I just okayed everything it wanted to do after that and it installed perfectly fine.

Now that I have VMware tools installed, things are working very well. Like any out-of-the-box computer I have ever had, everything “just works”. I’m looking forward to figuring out what I can do with Ubuntu now that I have it working.

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July 20, 2007

An intro of sorts

Filed under: background,intro — by Penelope Stowe @ 14:29

Tiger is getting a little long in the tooth now, and leopard is around the corner. But it’s a $129 corner, and I hear more and more about Linux being free. This is an experiment to see if I can save myself $129.

I have been hearing about Linux for years. One of my friends in high school used it, and, although I have never been much of a geek, I have a habit of making friends with geeks without meaning to. Most of them are Linux users. There has always been a sense that maybe some day I would be geeky enough to install Linux and learn how to use it, but never been more serious.

This spring I started thinking more seriously about installing Linux since it sounded like it was something I could do now without feeling so much over my head. Now that it’s summer and I have some time before my final year at uni, I’m giving it a go.

This blog is to document my experiences as a first time Linux user right from the beginning. And who knows? Maybe I won’t ever bother spending that money on leopard.

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