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Posted 04-08-2006 at 10:10 PM by Freemor

Decided to remove beagle from both computers last night. Sadly beagle just doesn't seem ready for the big time yet. I do hope they get the bugs worked out as it seemed like a marvolus idea. On my machine the poor beagled kept hanging while trying to index my evolution mail. not always at the same mail folder either strangely enough. Then it proceed to consume all available memory and about 80% of swap memory when I tried to do a simple search. Needless to say this came close to hanging Linux (was so bad at the worst point that I couldn't even get the numlock key to respond) Luckily the kernel in Ubuntu seems quite robust and the system recovered once the beagled had cacked and died a horrible death.

On my wife's computer the beagled seemed very bad at deciding when to go about indexing and would often start consuming heavy system resources right when she was in the middle of something. Very frustrating. So beagle is now gone from both systems, both computers are back to being their happy selves.

On a more positive note. I installed Avahi on both machines as it is required for the DAAP sharing feature in Rhythmbox to work. I'm suitably impress with both Avahi and and the DAAP sharing feature of Rhythmbox. It is very nice to be able to access music on either machine from either machine without having to copy the files over. Another nice point is that Rhythmbox also shares playlists that have been defined on either machine avoiding the need to re-define them on the other machine.

As for Avahi, it offers nicities of it's own.. I can now refer to computers via xxx.local and yyy.local useful for easy addressing and also handy if one of the computers decides to DHCP to the wrong IP addy and I still want to connect ot it remotely (to say fix up the problem). Also, with very little configuration I can now refer to the router by router.local (not that it ever moved about ip address wise, so could do that through the hosts file), but just nice that I now only need to configure such definitions on one machine on the lan and the others will pick it up (quite handy for the print server).

The Ubuntu Gang also slid in a nice feature (or option depending on your point of view). It offers the ability to do un-attended security updates. I've turned it on and will let you know how it works out over the next while.. Of course with all the work being done on Dapper I'll still be subjected to many, many, upgrades of a non security nature but then I enjoy seeing the work deing done.

Take Care
Happy Hacking
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