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I’m having the hardest time trying out Gnome 3.14 (or 3.12 or 3.10 for that matter)  I thought it was time to give it another go as I used to be a HUGE fangirl of GNOME. Gnome 3 came out and I was so excited..then so horrified.  I’ve been DE hopping since then.  Finally, it looks like Gnome 3 is maturing enough for me to give it another shot but every distro I try it on: Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu Gnome etc., once it boots up into a Live environment (also on installed) the desktop ends up being a big steaming, garbled mess.  I can see where items are supposed to be, like login screen and panel items but they look like scrambled eggs.  Is this a Xorg issue? a driver issue? The fact that my Acer Aspire 5515 is too old to play with Gnome issue? Opinions welcome.

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My old keyboard was some generic brand that I can’t even remember anymore but it felt great, low profile keys like a laptop, 2 usb ports built in. The only thing it didn’t do that I regretted was that the keys didn’t light up in the dark, thus allowing me better visibility during my late night design sessions. Alas, like all good things, it came to and end when a few of the buttons didn’t want to work anymore, particularly the space bar. So, I ordered the Ihome keyboard, which is meant as a drop in replacement for a Mac. It’s layout is that of Mac, but it is working so far just fine and it also has low profile keys, which are set up for Mac also, with the Option and Command, F14 and F15. One thing it’s not: silent. This keyboard is very very loud and if the key is not hit exactly in the center it may not process, so for long reach keys, such as my oft-used Delete, I may end up with a serious problem with this one too. I hope it grows on me because I’m just not all that willing to put up with a lack of spacebar while I type long enough to send this back. Wow it’s loud in here!

I finally make time to install Mageia 4 today and not only did the install fail, 3 times but it finally crapped out, taking my GRUB with it

Bug 12549 – Can not install Mageia from DVD, but good from USB flash.

Yeah well, I’m not voting for Opera now..Everything that made Opera great is now gone.

Which web browser is the best? – Opera Software.

Now that Amplify has been taken over, along with rival Clipmarks, I have been sorely pressed to find a replacement. Amplify was a necessary and extremely useful tool for cross posting various items I found to compliment my blog postings. They were acquired by Clipboard, which doesn’t allow for posting one’s clippings to one’s services, blogs, etc. which sucks! I therefore recommend Pixelpipe to step in where Amplify used to be. It’s not as comprehensive as Amplify was, but as far as I can tell, it’s a rare find to be able to cross post at all these days. As far as web clippings, I am making do with Shareaholic, but my links will only be shared one at a time, however they do support just about everyone. So how about you, dear reader? Any web clipping, cross posting combo you know of to replace Amplify and Clipmarks?

This post is in specific response to one of my readers, who is looking to dual boot Windows 7 and Debian Linux.  Here are the steps I used to set up the bootloader when I dual booted Windows 7 Starter and Meego Linux on my Acer netbook.

I followed these steps posted by ‘ecardinal’ (thank you!) in the Meego Linux forum who was doing the exact same dual boot install as I was.  Results may vary.  All I can say is that it worked for me.

  • ” Make sure you have a Windows Repair disk (not a backup or factory restore/recovery, see “http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Create-a-system-repair-disc”). You will need it later and you won’t be able to make one at that time unless you have a second Windows system! Since my netbook did not come with a built-in CD/DVD drive, I have installed it on a bootable thumb drive (“http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-repair-windows-7-from-usb-flash-drive-repair-without-installation-dvd-disc/”).
  • Get and install the EasyBCD utility from “neosmart.net”. This will let you easily add the Meego option to the Windows 7 bootloader and includes the very cool NeoGrub utility (more on this later).
  • Put the Meego image on a CD or USB drive (you may need to adjust your BIOS settings) and install Meego with the ‘unused space’ option. Reboot when it asks and it will go back into Meego and finish the install. Shut down when it has finished and shows the desktop (press the power button and choose ‘Turn off’).
    Boot from the Windows 7 Repair disc, select the “Startup Repair” option — nothing else! Reboot when it’s done and you should be back in Windows 7.
  • Start EasyBCD and click “Add New Entry”. Select the “NeoGrub” tab (NeoGrub is an offshoot of Grub4Dos). You can change the name of the new BCD entry if you want; click “Install”. (NOTE: Yes, there is a SYSLINUX option under the Linux tab in the EasyBCD 2.1 Beta, but this just gave me a “Boot Error” when I tried it.) When the NeoGrub install is finished click “Configure”. In the editor (Notepad) that starts up, add the following:

timeout 10
default 0
title Meego
root (hd0,3)
chainloader +1

Here’s what this means:

  • timeout 10 — the number of seconds to wait before booting (ten in this example). If this is the only additional OS besides windows, you can set this to zero and it will skip the menu.
  • default 0 — the default ‘title’ entry to boot, counting from zero.
  • title Meego — an arbitrary label.
  • root (hd0,3) — If you understand grub device partition numbering then you probably already know what goes here. For everyone else, this is a bit tricky so read carefully. This line tells the NeoGrub bootloader where to find the EXTLINUX boot partition installed along with Meego. Note that the numbering scheme is not the same as standard Linux device numbering (e.g., “/dev/hda2”). If you just want to guess, try (hd0,3). If it fails to boot try (hd0,4) because you might have a hidden ‘rescue’ partition. There is an reasonable way to guess at what goes here — but it might not always work, particularly if you have more than one disk or have previously messed with the partitions yourself. First, the disk number number after ‘hd’ and before the comma should probably be zero (unless you boot from a hard disk other than the first). To find the partition number (the number after the comma), in Windows click the Start button and in the “Search programs and files” box enter “diskmgmt.msc”. In the disk diagram for your hard disk (not the list on top!), look for a smallish partition (mine is 250MB) to the right of the “C:” drive. Find the partition number by counting from left to right, starting with one. In many stock Windows machines this will be 3 and in some it will be 4 (as in my case). If it does not work, Google “grub device partition number” and read the docs. You might need to experiment at the grub command line or boot with a different Linux (I like Puppy) and use something like gparted to determine your disk geometry.
  • chainloader +1 — this tells the bootloader to let the ‘root’ partition boot however it wants to. Trying to boot Meego directly with grub caused a kernel panic in mid-boot so I wanted a way to let Meego boot with EXTLINUX as designed. Using a chainloader allows Meego’s EXTLINUX do all the heavy lifting.
  • Restart (power off — don’t hibernate!) and you should see you shiny new Windows Boot menu including Meego.

PERSONAL NOTES:  (from Pariah)

I didn’t have a rescue disk..I have a rescue partition and that worked just fine.

You have to install the BCD utility on Windows before you continue.

Step 4 didn’t go quite that way.  I had to restart the computer a couple of times after installing Meego to get it to boot into Windows and then the rescue partition takes over.  This takes quite some time FYI.  Once back into Windows then you can run the Easy BCD.

I can’t remember if mine was hd0,3 or hd0,4..I do remember that I was wrong the first time and had to go back and redo it, no problem though.

The other day was quite the adventure when I decided to dual boot Meego Linux on my new Acer netbook that came with Windows 7 Starter.  By the way that is the worst OS EVER!  I repartitioned and installed Meego only to discover that upon reboot, it would only boot into Meego.  No bootloader! Grrr! So I finally get back into Windows only to have it reinstall from the backup partition! So then it would only boot into Windows…after googling I found one person doing the same install as me and posted a tutorial.  Unfortunately the steps didn’t work for me.  So, to see if the problem was universal I installed Ubuntu Netbook edition.  Bootloader worked fine..unfortunately I despised UNE. So I took that off and rebooted…to have a grub error!!! More googling got a quick fix for that..back into Windows..then to reinstall Meego cuz I really like it.  So then I got back into windows, just to have it run the repair again..ugh..then I downloaded a program to make a bootloader..after reinstalling Meego again..thank goodness it’s fast..and I was able to create a bootloader that actually worked! So now I am happily using Meego, while keeping Windblows to use just for updating my daughters Nokia phone.

 

Dual boot adventures – Pariah’s Posterous.