Ubuntu 7.10

Volume 10, Issue 141; 19 Dec 2007; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Gutsy indeed.

With my laptop off being repaired, I spent a day or so getting a desktop box back into shape. Along the way, I let Ubuntu upgrade to 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon.

It went mostly flawlessly:

  • I was offered the proprietary NVIDIA drivers (for the Quadro FX 1400 card in this box), but they didn't work. I don't really care about the eye candy it would enable, so I'm not going to spend any time trying to fix that. The standard X.org drivers do 1600x1200 just fine. They even did 1920x1200 before my almost brand new LCD monitor died. (It has not been my week for hardware.)

  • I understand making Apache 2.x the default, but I think the decision not to package Apache 1.3.x at all was gutsy indeed. And a royal PITA.

    Given that my hosting company is still using 1.3.x, and I want to have a staging area on my local box, there's nothing motivating me to move to the 2.x release. And the download, unpack, configure, build, install dance was a little more complicated than I would have liked. (The out-of-the-box configuration was different from the previous Ubuntu package in ways that weren't obvious.)

Everything else just worked. I had no trouble reading the HFS backup disk, so I was able to get all my email, documents, and other files.

Speaking of email, I've been reading it in Emacs (with Gnus) since about 1992. It's very comforting to know that I can move from one system to another as easily as copying a bunch of text files and firing up emacs. I've migrated from Sparc to Windows to Linux to Mac and now back to Linux without ever missing a beat. (Sending mail is a tiny bit trickier but only because mail into internal Sun mailing lists must be sent through a particular gateway.)


I think that you can still get Apache 1.3 as a .deb if you enable the universe and multiverse repositories. It might be better, though, to do a source build and install so that you have exactly the same minor version as your ISP.

—Posted by david on 19 Dec 2007 @ 07:34 UTC #

Well, I couldn't find it even with universe and multiverse. But maybe I missed it. It hasn't been the most relaxing week :-)

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 19 Dec 2007 @ 07:44 UTC #

Do you have a nice emacs config file?

I've been meaning to use emacs again but have been trying to get better acquainted with vim.

Maybe i'll go back to kitchen sink again tho, lol.

—Posted by Forest on 20 Dec 2007 @ 10:23 UTC #

On an old Lifebook, I found that Gutsy won't wake up from sleep or hibernate mode (well, the computer will, but it's apparently having trouble telling the display that it's time to wake up) and accessing a wireless network that requires a password consistently freezes up my computer in a Windows-like fashion. Neither of these was a problem for me with Feisty.

—Posted by Bob DuCharme on 20 Dec 2007 @ 02:15 UTC #