Karmic Kapers

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 10:21:42 UTC 2010

On 31 January 2010 03:46, Derek <dcredway at adam.com.au> wrote:
> Hi Mike the Answer Man
> I loaded Hardy Heron 8.04 in late 2008 as dual boot with Windows XP.
> Very pleased with package once dial up modem software was loaded after
> few problems which resulted in setting Stupid Mode = 1 in 'wvdial'.
> Slow dial up meant it was not possible to keep Hardy Heron up to date.
> In Jan 2010 I received Ubuntu User Magazines issue 2 and 3 which
> included Karmic Koala 9.10 DVD.  At last I could update my Ubuntu Linux
> OS so I loaded DVD and was offered option to Install or Update.  I
> ignorantly chose the later and that Koala thought the OS was gum leaves
> and chewed it up!

I loved the analogy that only an Aussie could make. *buntu 9.10 can
only update from version 9.04, that should have been made clear. I
will file an issue on that.

> Needless to say I eventually read the Update criteria in Ubuntu Help
> files but then wondered why the option to update was even offered.  I
> read about "Fixing Grub" on page 95 of UUM issue 3 so any attempt to
> update was more than Karmic.  This raises the question of a triple boot
> system - is that possible or beyond 'Grub'?

Grub can triple boot with no problems.

> On the new 9.10 desk top I realised that the clock was 3 hours slow with
> the correct time zone of Adelaide Australia set.

This is interesting. Often, the system will be N hours off, where N is
the difference between UTC and the user. I should imagine that
Australia is more than three hours off UTC.

> The time would not
> stay reset to the correct time via System | Administration | Time and
> Date.  I was only able to set the correct time clicking 'Appointments
> and Tasks' icon and then Edit.  No password was required.  Very strange
> or is this a known bug?

Actually, you would be best to change the BIOS time to UTC, then
configure Linux and Windows to use the UTC system clock.

> I was able to restore from a recent Evolution back up all my contacts,
> accounts, filters and emails.  Very satisfying.  Pity the Firefox
> browser does not have the same back up facility as this meant copying
> Windows Firefox bookmarks as text to Ubuntu Firefox.

Firefox does this automatically. You just need to set it to use your
old profile.

Dotan Cohen


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