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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" Pre-Alpha: So far, no Unity updates

Posted 11-01-2010 at 12:21 PM by Kenny_Strawn

If you've been in the Syndicated News forum recently, I just recently successfully upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" Pre-Alpha (by adding the Natty repositories manually and then upgrading with apt-get; see this blog entry for details). I was also able to install Unity manually, but with one major hitch: Unity installed from the Maverick repositories, not the Natty ones.

However, according to Mark Shuttleworth, the Natty Narwhal will definitely include Unity by default, in both the desktop and netbook editions. And I was the one who filed this blueprint that apparently the community agreed on. So I guess that it just hasn't been implemented yet.

I also wonder how Shuttleworth would manage to use Compiz instead of Mutter for Unity when Mutter is more capable of drawing a desktop shell. Try it with Compiz and you would literally have to fork the window manager -- and even then the new Unity shell still wouldn't replace the panel unless you forced it to. I personally prefer Mutter's convenience of being able to use JSON to draw UI elements. Compiz doesn't have that capability.
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    Update: Here's how to install the Compiz-based Unity in Ubuntu 10.10/11.04:

    Code:
    sudo su
    echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/unity/ppa/ubuntu natty main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/unity/ppa/ubuntu natty main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install unity
    Then go into the CompizConfig Settings Manager to start Unity.
    Posted 11-14-2010 at 07:58 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
 

  



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