Lost Linux Home

I tried upgrading Ubuntu to the 18.10 Beta Friday night, all seemed to go well except for when I tried to reboot the desktop wouldn’t load.

Tired of looking for a solution I tried installing Manjaro from an iso I have as a working Virtual Box, but each time I tried from a USB I was told corrupt / incomplete file, WTF!

So I downloaded it again, check the hash, all good; only to get the same error… think this comes from the mounting method I was using.

Wanting to take this opportunity to install a different OS next I opted for the latest Debian build. I already use it as one of my other installed OS’s, so I appreciate the stability. All good working as it should, everything behaving as it should, like driving a Volkswagen, although I couldn’t restore my Back in Time backup, but could grab an Deja Dup from back in July.

All was working good, but I found the menus too formal, and I really did want the Python code I’ve recently written, and would be nice to get back the Anaconda environments I’ve recently setup. Ubuntu drew me back like a familiar dirty habit, with the hope of Back in Time working. I’ve been using Budgie desktop for the past couple of months, so I decided to go for the low spec 64bit Ubuntu version.

It’s a pleasure to use

The experience is slick, I have the desktop setup with the top and side bar to my liking, and I haven’t overloaded the install with too many apps. However I couldn’t get Back in Time to return a backup, so readers beware, and Deja Dup is causing me issues as it runs on a single processor and causes my AMD chip to overheat and shutdown 🙁

All good for now though, I have my passwords / keys and bitcoins, and I’ll try installing fan controls to keep my box cool enough to restore the backup… although I’m then only still back to July; I really would like the Back in Time to work.

Upside is I haven’t brought back my 6 year old Home directory, with all of the baggage / configs that comes with it… everything is running prompt and fast. I’ve also played around with a few different options for my VPN; and that too is now a great either or option, not running always but there when I need it… and not leaking DNS 🙂

So ideal objective is to restore Back in Time, otherwise Deja backup, otherwise I can begin anew building up Linux detritus in my Home directory… I’m missing my aliases 🙂

from Ubuntu to Debian

Yesterday I did something that I’ve been considering for a while; I burned my installation of Ubuntu and installed Debian.

I’ve been a long time fan of Ubuntu, since before the Unity days, I stuck with the Canonical distro through the Amazon debacle, and the community as been awesome and supportive over the years, and I have loyalty to them.

Although yesterday the KDE plasma installation started having issues, as ever with Ubuntu I find it easier to create a fresh install of the OS rather than try and fix the issues when I’ve installed a broad selection of drivers and programs and I’m not sure which ones have gone tits up.

I was tempted to try the latest Fedora 25, that I’ve been playing with in VirtualBox, but I’m a little too attached to apt-get 🙂

The Debian experience

  • installation has been a straightforward
  • biggest pain was having to install the Debian non-free firmware… or more identifying that I needed to install the Debian non-free firmware 🙂
  • I installed synaptic and deja-dup to access my backed up home directory, which also gave me my .bashrc file back with aliases
    • now have all my usual programs installed, and everything is running as quickly as ever
  • I love the option when installing to add different desktop environments, I’ve been playing with Gnome 2, Gnome 3, KDE, Xfce, Mate, but settled for now on Cinnamon
  • and as a great bonus Steam and Kerbal Space Program installed without issue 🙂

Everything seems to be stable and running well… think I need to change the headers on this blog from Ubuntu to Linux 🙂

Serious geek out

I’ve not been using the processing power of my 8 core PC, so decided to see what it could do this afternoon.

I’ve installed VirtualBox direct from Synaptic Manager, and have created Virtual boxes for Debian and Windows 7.

Both are currently installing, and I have not seen so much activity across all cores before.

Having Windows as a VM will save me heaps of time and frustration, as I will no longer have to log out of Ubuntu, and close files to work in Windows… I wonder if I will be able to log on to works network from the Windows VM?

Update: I can log onto my work network, installing java for windows now. I’m amazed by the speed!
I have also installed MS Office, can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner.

So I boot into Ubuntu, can open VM’s for Windows to my work network, and a tor connection through Debian to the internet.

Next mission is to add a VM file server 🙂