dual boot 14.04 and 14.10

Peter Teuben teuben at astro.umd.edu
Sat Nov 29 19:15:34 UTC 2014

On 11/29/2014 01:57 PM, Peter Teuben wrote:
> On 11/29/2014 06:14 AM, James Freer wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Nov 2014, Peter Teuben wrote:
>>> One always takes risks dual booting with a shared home directory between
>>> even as closely related versions as Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.
>>> I have a few to report, as I'm trying to see if 14.10 is worth going to:
>>> Comments and other experiences welcome, I'll try and keep this thread
>>> alive with new experiences and solutions:
>> My twopence worth - xubuntu 14.10 crashed for me which is the first
>> time of any distro I have tried although I have been a xubuntu user
>> since 6.10. Last night I put 14.04 back on.
>> I think a home directory is best to forget (just use it for hidden and
>> config files)... especially if one is thinking of sharing with another
>> distro. I use a separate hard disc and then all work files are safely
>> elsewhere which is a waste of space e.g. my main hard drive is 500gb
>> and I only use 10%. But then hardly worth buying a smallest available
>> like 180gb to replace it and use the 500gb for backup. I like the
>> default setup that ubuntu have always had - one main partition and an
>> extended one for swap.
>> Thunderbird I have known problems with, also far too slow for imap -
>> have used Alpine and Mutt for a good while and wouldn't go back to a
>> gui email client. Alpine used remotely with gmail works well and
>> convenient for html when occasionally required.
> thanks James.   I will fight for a little bit longer, since I care about
> digikam.   I upgraded the system version 4.2.0 (which seems stable) to
> 4.5.0 (also still stable).
> As far as the bugs, a fresh user has no problem displaying the date and
> time in the top panel.  I must have some settings that conflict between
> unity on 14.04 and 14.10 (really bad design if that's the case between
> such versions).  I can have the time now I found out, but I have to
> disable the "Weekday" and "Date and month".  I guess a half-bug.   My
> persuit continues.

Victory.   It was a missing language pack.   I had been suspicious about
the LANG environment variable. It was set to "C" in my shell, and
digikam had been complaining about a locale UTF-8 which it wanted to
change to ISO-8859-1.
After installing the language pack my $LANG is back to en_US.UTF-8
I guess it tried to display the month and week, but could not return a
useable string.


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