Last night I got it in my head that I wanted to use Ubuntu again. I installed it on my MacBook 2,1 over the summer and ended up getting kind of annoyed at the process of installing a lot of the hardware drivers manually, not to mention the installation of software that comes standard on Mac OS X. The time wasn’t really right for me and Ubuntu. But last night, for whatever reason, I decided that I wanted it back.
I discovered that the latest version of Ubuntu that works well with my MacBook generation is 9.10 Karmic Koala. I wanted to do a dual boot with OS X, which I actually tried to do over the summer and failed at it. Despite my earlier failure, burning the Live CD went fine, although partitioning my HD was a bit of a hassle. It turns out that my data was quite fragmented as it had been a while since I did a reinstall of the OS. As a result, the Disk Utility couldn’t find a large enough contiguous free space, and thus couldn’t make a big enough partition. To fix this, I ended up wiping the hard drive, partitioning from the OS X boot disk, then reinstalling OS X and Ubuntu.
I wanted to get deeper into the process of configuring Ubuntu correctly this time around, so I created an account on ubuntuforums.org and poked around for a lot of answers. Using the Linux terminal is fun, though. I feel like I’m finding all of these crazy terminal commands that didn’t exist in Unix. And apt-get is awesome – installing applications from the command line, that is. I’m actually typing this using Opera in Ubuntu right now. It’s fun.
I found a command that let you tweet from the shell…beforethe Twitter API was changed. Lame.
In honor of my operating system switch, here’s an amazing website I found that has all sorts of command line tips – commandlinefu.com.