Gutsy Gibbon 7.1O – Ubuntu

Finally, Installed Gutsy on my system today! :-)After failed attempts to install it last weekend, I was a bit apprehensive this time. But today, two minutes into the install I realized where I was faltering. I’d created four partitions on my Hard disk of 30 Gigs each for Windows. Fiesty was running on the remaining 40Gigs. Last week during the installation I’d configured the setup to create a Primary ext3 partition instead of making it a logical one.That was what was leading the setup to freeze! Surprisingly I was never warned during the initial stages. Anyways, I fortunately happened to notice the goof up this time and then the rest of the Installation was a breeze! Flat 10 minutes and I had Gutsy live and kicking! 🙂

The first thing I’d looked for after logging in was to check out the classy desktop effects that Gutsy comes bundled with. But to my dismay the OS threw up messages telling me Advanced Desktop effects could not be configured. It didn’t even specify the cause. A bit of Googling brought out the hidden mite – My Hardware settings were blacklisted since it couldn’t support both video rendering and classy desktop effects at the same time. But then I just wanted to find a workaround to get things working. Finally I happened to find one in the Ubuntu Forums itself. All I had to do was to deactivate the Hardware config. check that Compiz by default does when initiated. This could be done by running the following command in the terminal.

mkdir -p ~/.config/compiz/ && echo SKIP_CHECKS=yes >> ~/.config/compiz/compiz-manager

Once that roadblock had been dealt with I only had to install the Gnome Compiz manager through the Synaptic package manager. Synaptic installs are cakewalks. All relevant dependencies get installed and broken installations are pretty rare. Installation of the Compiz manager led to the creation of a Preferences tab in the Advanced Desktop settings. This is where real FUN starts. A bit of tweaking and you have your desktop at your whims! I’ll probably let the pictures do the talking!

The Workaround explicitly mentions that crashes are prone to occur if both video and Advanced Desktop settings are run at the same time. So keep in mind to get back to the default settings when you plan to watch videos on your Gutsy. A pain but still worth it! 🙂

There’s still a lot more to explore ( or should i say exploit 🙂 ) . Will get back if I happen to find something interesting!

8 Responses

  1. giridhar Reply to giridhar

    nope!!
    my system is a hag!!… told ya..

  2. Srikanth Perinkulam Reply to Srikanth

    @Giri

    Yeah! Candy with lots of sugar! 🙂
    Any upgrades on your side?

  3. Srikanth Perinkulam Reply to Srikanth

    @ Strachan

    Glad you dropped by! And yeah Merry Xmas!!! 🙂

    I still haven’t yet tried Emerald. Probably I’ll tweak it this weekend. Compiz , as you said, is pretty much keeping me on my toes! 🙂

    I’ve got a 1.8Ghz Core 2Duo Processor with an Intel D946GZ MoBo running on a 1gig ram. No Graphic cards.

  4. Srikanth Perinkulam Reply to Srikanth

    @Atchuth

    Fiesty never posed any problems on my desktop. Gutsy though seems to be a bit unstable for my hardware config. 🙂 It freezes at times forcing me to restart the Gnome. Believe it’s got to do with the HAL/DBUS utility,Realized that when the login freezed today morning after a failed Synaptic upgrad and threw up a ‘Failed to initialize HAL’ error.

    This was a bug, quite a few people were hit with in their Fiesty systems. or sometime after an upgrade from Fiesty to Gutsy. A modification of the hal in /etc/rc2.d/ sorts out this issue.

    Fortunately the same works for Gutsy too! 🙂

  5. whyamistilltyping Reply to whyamistilltyping

    Sorry to double post, could you post your hardware that you are using?

  6. whyamistilltyping Reply to whyamistilltyping

    Looking good 🙂 The cube is a bit tricky to get working but the rest of the effects are quite good. You will enjoy yourself working through the managers and tweaking the various effects. Try installing emerald as well – since beryl/compiz is working emerald should do too with minimal fuss.

  7. Atchuthan Perinkulam Reply to Atchuthan

    I installed Ubuntu Fiesty 7.04 the other day on my Laptop and after a few days the damn thing just crashed on me. It simply wouldn’t let me log in.
    But I still feel the guys at Ubuntu have done a wonderful job at making it much more user friendly.

    I still remember the first time I ever installed Red Hat on our system..I had a real tough time getting drivers for the monitor. Even the PS2 mouse used to laugh at my inability to find suitable drivers..Boy have we come a long way!!!

    You seem to be doing quite good at exploring,…er exploiting. That’s nice, coz you’d be surprised at the number of people who would stare at the Terminal even in Grad school 🙂

  8. giridhar Reply to giridhar

    nice eye candy post bro!!

    that cube thingy is real impressive!!

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