[ubuntu-uk] Loading Fiesty into Mac mini
robinmenneer at gmail.com
Wed May 2 12:00:28 BST 2007
On 5/2/07, TheVeech <theveech at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 09:39 +0100, Robin Menneer wrote:
> > > grrr...in order to release the old one for Fiesty and me
> > grrr... As
> > > the only applications she uses are iphoto (which should come
> > ready
> > > loaded) and Neooffice J (note the J, and is no longer
> > available on
> > > the web), this should be a doddle (famous last words ?).
> > I've got to make the case: if that's all she uses, why are you
> > surrendering all that machine for two measly apps?
> > > She is already using copies of Neooffice J because the
> > copy she
> > > currently uses every so often throws a wobbly and she goes
> > to a backup
> > > (& again & again). Then we can clean the Apple Mac rubbish
> > off the
> > > HDD and replace with magnificant Ubuntu and its superb
> > allied
> > > software. I need help in deciding how this new 160gb HD fits
> > in,
> > > please. I think that you may still require details of my
> > hardware.
> > 160gb?!? That's the first I've heard of a 160gb HDD. Where
> > has it got
> > to fit in?
> > It's frreestanding, self-powered from the USB and runs at 5400 rpm.
> > It is about 4" square and about a half inch deep, Simple plug and
> > play interface with mac, and ought to be the same for Ubuntu.
> Right, I only had time to scan your post last night (and I'll be offline
> for much of today). The 160gb WD Passport is the same one I've got
> (make sure you get a pouch for it - it scratches easily). If you're
> desktop-bound and don't have to transfer data between machines in
> different locations, I'd have recommended for an external drive the WD
> My Book 500GB USB (not much difference in cost), but, IMHO, the WD
> Passport is a great piece of kit, especially for laptops and people who
> have to be mobile.
Yes, I'll keep it as backup but I would at some time like to have Ubuntu on
it so that I could plug it into someone else's Windows machine to
demonstrate how friendly Ububtu is.
What I'm preparing to do is install Ubuntu on the internal HDD of the
> machine. If you agree to this, forget all about pendrives and external
> HDDs for now. The priority's to get that machine working.
> The WD Passport you might as well use as a backup device and to shift
> data between machines. Just plug it into the Feisty machine and it
> should load (mount) straight away. To unload (unmount), I have to input
> in Terminal:
For the mac, it is recommended (and works) that the desktop icon is dropped
into waste bin.
sudo umount /dev/sdb1
> If the Passport isn't recognised here, type
> sudo fdisk -l
> and see what device it's called, then change the 'sdb1' bit to whatever
> it is.
> (there's probably a better fix for this, but I haven't had time to look
> for it yet).
> If you really want to, I'm pretty sure you could install a distro on the
> Passport another time, though.
> > And yes, post whatever details you can. Might be an idea to
> > ask in a
> > Mac forum, or on the Ubuntu Mac one for how to do this (output
> > the
> > hardware details).
> > Hardware information
> > 1.42 GHz PowerPB G4 (1.2),
> > 512 mb DDR SDRAM
> > Machine model Powermac 10.1
> > cache 512 kb
> > memory 512 mb
> > Boot ROM version 4.8.914
> > Disc burner MATSHITA CD RW CW- 8124 Cache 2048 kb
> > Display resolution 1152 x 864 @ 75 Hz - ATI Radeon 9200
> > Printer driver 2.68
> > > What do you want and where do I find it ? Currently my Ububtu
> > > machine can't print via the Epsom Stylus Photo RX640
> > although the mac
> > > mini does ok - the disc that came with the printer had
> > apparently not
> > > heard of Linux.
> Disks that come with hardware are almost always useless for Linux, since
> they're usually designed for Windows and Mac users.
> > Let's see if we can get it to work then.
> > Connect the printer to the Ubuntu machine and switch it on.
> > System > Administration > Printing
> > Double click 'New Printer'
> > and go through the wizard.
> > If a model is listed that isn't the exact one, don't fret. It
> > should
> > still work, if my experience of Epsom's is anything to go by.
> > I tried this friendly approach some while age on the compact laptop
> > wiwthout success. We'll have to have another attempt when the rest is
> > loaded on the mac mine.
> No we won't!!! We're getting a system up and running, with a net
> connection, then it's time for you to consult the net! I'll be there,
> too (on this list), so if there's something I can help with, I will, but
> the specific job is to get the machine functioning enough to let you get
> out there and find the answers here and elsewhere. I've only got one
> set of eyeballs (and they're limited by time, too). The greater the
> number of people who can see whatever the issue is, specific to your
> needs and that machine, the better.
> There's still the problem that further down the line you might have
> issues with this non-Intel Mac, seeing as though official support has
> apparently been withdrawn, but I can appreciate the issues involved. I
> got someone a PC last week and thought about installing Linux on it, but
> spoke with the people and just left them with Vista (shock horror!). It
> was their new, twinky machine, and they wanted to use what they'd paid
> for on it.
I trust that you pointed out what a bad investment they were making with
Vista for the free future updates and virus protection.
> I suspect there's a bit of this involved with your new machine. And why
> not. It's your machine and it doesn't hurt to try out alternatives,
> especially when that alternative's already set up and ready to go.
No. You've got the wrong end of the stick. My missus is happy with her
iphoto and Neooffice J because she can handle it and itmeets her needs.
We've got The Gimp and Photoshop/Illustrator and have not yet found enough
need to spend the time on learning either. About 95% of my need (apart from
the net) is met by Open Office and I am keen to keep up to date with it.
> Ever thought of a laser printer? I'd never, ever, EVER go
> > back to
> > inkjets.
> > Yes, but currently beyond ouir pocket for a good colour job.
> Why colour? Monochrome is more cost-effective and there's some good
> machines out there that won't break the bank (not least because, with
> moderate use, the consumables last forever!). I'd only use colour
> inkjets for 6" x 4" photo printers (but then again I had one of these,
> used it a few times, and didn't use it again.
> If you could spare a couple of minutes to look at our website
> www.cornishhedges.com, you will see why colour is a necessary evil for us.
> Gotta go. Big game tonight.
> > Hope you enjoyed your match.
> Superb! Fingers crossed that tonight's game will provide the dream
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
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