Yes, folks, right on schedule, the geeks behind Ubuntu have released their newest version: Ubuntu 7.10, AKA Gutsy Gibbon.

Where do they get these names? Well, I guess I should be thankful: The name almost was Glossy Gnu

If you run Ubuntu, and have automatic updates, you probably noticed it when the update window popped up and asked you: Do you want to update now?

Why, sure.

Except for me, with my internet and electricity going off and on, it kept messing up the downloads. I do live in the rural Philippines, so a lot of the problems I ran into are due to our broadband DSL and electricity, not Ubuntu..

One of the problems I ran into was a software problem: also it is probably my fault: I had played around with Wine. Wine is supposed to let you play Windows things on the Ubuntu system.

Wine is widely used by gamers, but I downloaded it to see if I could use my medical book disks. But I never got it working correctly, so I uninstalled it. But as most of you know, you never completely remove a program: It removes the turn on part and lets lots of stuff behind.

And when I tried to download the updates, it kept telling me they were having problems with the Wine updates…even though I had uninstalled it. So I googled, and found the problem.

So if you get a “can’t” notice about Wine, just remove it normally and then go to System (on your toolbar) and Administration.
So back to the bulletin boards, and I got: Don’t forget to remove X
Go to the bar with “Applications/Places/System”… Hit Administration. Go to “Software sources”. Go to the tab “Third party software”…find the Wine application and remove it.
It worked.

But then the internet went neurotic, and  instead of taking one hour to download updates, it kept increasing. When it said: This will take seven hours (and I had played with it six hours already), I said forget it.

You see, I have lots of junk on my disc, and a lot of stuff left over from programs that I was trying out. After playing around, I decided half the stuff I tried I don’t use, and was thinking about reformatting my disc and then reloading my older Ubuntu.

So why not do it now? Well, one newsletter about Ubuntu said it was now on line and supplied links:

Gutsy Gibbon…LINK

But of course this give the same problem as the automatic update: it gets interrupted and dies and has to be done again.

Ah, but they supplied a torrent LINK

I use Azureus, but any torrent downloader will do, and it has the advantage of not dying when you turn off.

So if you are a windows person and want to load Ubuntu, start reading here.

The torrent download supplied a nice ISO which I burned to a cd (I use K3b, but Ubuntu has several Iso burners).

So I ran to the local bookstore, and bought ten CD’s (for my mp3 files) and a couple dvd’s (for text and video and miscellaneous mp3 and documents) and then  downloaded all the stuff I wanted to keep.

Unlike Windows, I don’t need to worry about numbers and passwords for my extra programs so they work (If you haven’t been following the series, I started with Ubuntu because I moved to the Philippines, but my backup disks were left in Chicago).

So I put the disc in, turned the computer off, and then turned it back on.

First thing it asked is if I wanted to partition the disc or not. I said okay, and then it did it’s thing.

If you want more details, Lifehacker’s site HERE has pictures.

So now, I have a clean machine, ..the bad news is that I have to reload the files and programs I like.

Go to the bar again.

Hit Applications. At the bottom, it says: “add/Remove”.

Hit that button, and up pops a window: all the stuff you want, right at your fingertips: word processors, educational stuff, photo stuff, various media programs, etc.
There is another way to do software: Go to System on the bar. Fine “Administrator”…then go to “Synaptic Package Manager”. Lots of stuff, all for techies. Well, that leaves me out.
The main reason I’ve used Synaptic Package manager in the past was to load packages for some of my programs…just remember it is there for now. If you later are told: You need this or that package for a new program to work, this is the place to find it. The alternative is to do a bunch of “sudo” stuff on the terminal, which really gets complicated.

Now, for the next step: EasyUbuntu…but it doesn’t have the gutsy upgrade. The Debian worked on Feisty version of Ubuntu, but I decided to go to Automatrix instead.

So, first thing is reinstall Automatrix2…LINK
They even have the link for Gutsy already:

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy i386)

I just hit the link, and up popped a window saying do you want to open this with the GDebi package installer. I said yes, and voila….it installed.

Go back to bar and open Applications,  go to “system tools” and voila, there it is.

The first thing it tells you is that all the codecs are illegal in the US, and if you download them you have to agree you aren’t breaking the law. Well, no problem…I think…

Then it opens.

Some of the things I like are KDE applications, so I make sure they are not hidden.

Then I add the MPlayer plug in for Firefox. This lets me listen to mp3 and radio on line. For example, if I open a podcast, it opens in a new window so I can listen to it. Or I can click it with my left button and download it for later.

Then in the middle of my download, up pops a window sayd : Debconf on nancy laptop:Msttcorefonts uses the DEbian FOnt MAnager (defoma). If you wish to use the fonts provided by this package under the X Window System, you must configure it to use defoma fonts.

Well, whatever that means. Sprechen sie Ubuntu? nein. Ich bin ein spitzkopf…

Well anyway I said okay and it’s something to do with Java on Firefox… and the automatrix box says something about Java….and I say I agree and it loads something.

And Automatrix box keeps doing it’s thing….talking about packing and unpacking delected stuff. And then, voila, Automatrix2, with lots of programs to chose from.

Hmmm…Wine is on the list. The last time I downloaded it via the terminal and had to get a lot or programs from the Synaptics download under Administrator. But with Automatrix2, it does all that stuff. Gee. How easy. It took three tries and one reboot, but again that might be my internet link. But it did download, and gives me something to play with in the future.So now I have Gutsy Gibbon.

Do I like it?

I don’t know. So far so good.

Next stop: use the program and see if it’s better or not. But that’s another task for another day.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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