[Ubuntu PA] questions about OSS usage at NTR
John C Wilson
dadgadjohn at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 21:33:12 BST 2008
I'm not sure I have anything useful to contribute here, but I'll toss a
couple of tidbits out there anyway.
Unfortunately, people do not seem to have an ethical issue with software
piracy. Nevertheless, no organization should condone it.
OOO does not save in MS format by default, and most casual users cannot
be bothered with looking through the menu to choose the format they may
Linux/Ubuntu requires careful hardware planning. I bought a new
wireless device and printer that had native support rather than deal
with some of the rather messy how-to's presented over at
Again, not something the casual user wants to be bothered with.
No wired internet in Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04. I have gone step-by-step
though every how-to I can find including a rather involved one detailed
in the attachment, wiredintfix_unsucessful. Still no luck. Judging
from all the questions out there on the Ubuntu forums as well as several
other sites, I am not alone. Also, this is not just on one computer.
This is 2 clean installs of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on a Dell Dimension 4700
and a Dell Inspiron 2200 which had wired connectivity with 6.06 LTS.
Also a clean install of Xubuntu 8.04 on a 1999 Dell Inspiron 3500.
-John C Wilson
On Tue, 2008-07-15 at 21:40 +0800, Kevin Valentine wrote:
> For any of you interested in following NTR's responses to my question,
> here's a direct link to the thread:
> For any of you unfamiliar with what NTR is and what we have done with them:
> On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 8:39 AM, Kevin Valentine
> <kevin.valentine at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> > I posted a question to the Ntr_Staff mailing list about the use of OSS at
> > NTR. Specifically about the use of Ubuntu (see way down below). Steve
> > Feldman gave a sobering and well phrased reply. I thought I should forward
> > it here for potential discussion. I believe we're addressing items 2 and 3
> > by making a presence at NTR regularly. Can't say much about 4. Haven't used
> > lin/win modems. Just know that some are supported by Linux (linmodems.org)
> > What I really want to focus on is item #1. It seems that NTR must cater to
> > the needs of their pirating clients. I'm sure they didn't intend for it to
> > sound this way but aren't they condoning software piracy. I understand
> > they're just being practical. If they know their clients are going to
> > install pirated MS Office to replace OO when they get home, then why not
> > send them home with Ubuntu so they can replace it with pirated Windows? At
> > least they'll get to see Ubuntu for a little while. Heck, some may even keep
> > it on there.
> > Any comments?
> > -kevin
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject: Re: [Ntr_Staff] questions about OSS usage at NTR
> > Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:34:56 -0400
> > From: Steven Feldman <steve at ntronline.org>
> > Reply-To: NTR Staff <ntr_staff at listsrv.ntronline.org>
> > To: 'NTR Staff' <ntr_staff at listsrv.ntronline.org>
> > References:
> > <f1a29efa0807120936g58f56787t51c4a622ba7c94c0 at mail.gmail.com>
> > Hello Kevin,
> > I can't speak for the images in its current state, but it's been my
> > intention and responsibility to give the images a thorough review and keep
> > up with maintenance (hopefully I'll be able to start that soon). My main
> > goal will be to ensure all software is up to date and legitimately
> > distributed by us. Of course, open source will best serve our needs there,
> > followed by freeware when necessary, and reluctantly the windows OS licenses
> > which we have to pay for.
> > Ubuntu is a fantastic distribution – I've been using it myself for a couple
> > of years. But a few things make it suboptimal for our images at the moment:
> > 1. Compatibility with peer-owned software is limited. Wine is great but is
> > not automatic or fully compatible. It's my understanding many of our
> > customers look for a pirated copy of MS office as soon as they get the
> > machine home. They also expect to be able to pirate other media
> > applications, games, etc. Further, I have little expectation of our
> > clientele to be sympathetic to the legal & ethical issues surrounding
> > piracy.
> > 2. With limited peer use of linux, there is one less significant support
> > system available for new PC users. As we can expect much of our clientele to
> > be new computer users, new internet users, and sometimes even have poor
> > literacy, typical methods for acquiring knowledge about linux are less
> > readily workable.
> > 3. Knowledge & support in NTR is currently inconsistent.
> > 4. Software Modems. We use a terribly large and unreliable variety, linux
> > doesn't always play nice with 'em.
> > I'm well aware these are mostly surmountable problems, and I'm also aware of
> > most of the good reasons for using ubuntu or other linux distros. Lowering
> > our costs and potentially reducing support requirements for some of our
> > placed machines would be huge. Of course, the principles behind OSS & the
> > Ubuntu developers are not lost on a socially-minded non-profit like NTR.
> > BUT.. such work is relatively low priority compared to other current
> > responsibilities, I have no choice but to decline for now and reconsider in
> > the future. Macintosh computers don't move well at NTR for mostly the same
> > reasons.
> > I'd love any input from our staff or volunteers.
> > Thanks,
> > Steven Feldman
> > Tech-Redi at NonProfit Technology Resources
> > 1524 Brandywine St.
> > Philadelphia, PA 19130
> > mobile: 267-671-8448
> > office: 215-564-6686
> > fax: 215-564-6642
> > http://www.ntronline.org
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ntr_staff-bounces at listsrv.ntronline.org
> > [mailto:ntr_staff-bounces at listsrv.ntronline.org] On Behalf Of Kevin
> > Valentine
> > Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2008 12:37 PM
> > To: NTR Staff
> > Subject: [Ntr_Staff] questions about OSS usage at NTR
> > I know the NTR staff is most likely too busy to fully address any long
> > winded questions right now but I just wanted to throw this one out
> > there for you to think about. I continue to be very curious about the
> > use of Open Source Software (OSS) at NTR. I have many questions but
> > I'll start with just one for now - and it's heavily loaded ;)
> > What does a Linux distribution like Ubuntu require for NTR to use it?
> > Put another way, what is Ubuntu lacking?
> > Best regards,
> > Kevin Valentine
> > NOTICE: Replies to this list go to ALL STAFF
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> > Ntr_Staff at listsrv.ntronline.org
> > http://listsrv.ntronline.org/mailman/listinfo/ntr_staff
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> > 6:47 AM
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gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Now you will be scrolling all the way to the very bottom, look for:
title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=a87de7c0-5109-4808-87e6-2676e4a0e894 ro quiet splash
Now obviously, some of this stuff is going to be different as this is not even my own kernel version. It’s an example. But look closely at this line:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=a87de7c0-5109-4808-87e6-2676e4a0e894 ro acpi=noirq quiet splash
Do you see where I slid in the acpi=noirq ?
Great. Just remember that this is case sensitive and it must have spaces as you see here.
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