Running Jack Keane on Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bit

Linux Port of Jack KeaneGetting Jack Keane to run on the 64 bit edition of Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Beta was not completely straight forward. Here is a summary of the problems I experienced and how I solved them in the end. [More…]

No Case selection in KoverArtist

KoverArtist case templatesI wanted to do some DVD cases with KoverArtist, but the case template selector was empty, so the program only offered a standard CD jewel case template. It turns out that the Ubuntu Gutsy package is not only old (0.3.2 vs. 0.5) but also incomplete: It is flat out missing the template files. I just had to copy them over from the 0.5 source archive’s src/cases directory to my installation’s /usr/share/apps/koverartist/cases/.

How to resurrect invisible LVM volumes

I had some LVM volumes configured in PCLinuxOS. Never utilised the features, only suffered from the occasional problem or incompatibility. I find the whole thing immensely complex and obscure, so I probably won’t use this again any time soon.

But at least I would like to have access to my old LVM volumes from Ubuntu Gutsy now, and I had a hard time figuring out the correct command sequence to make them visible again (given you know the name of the volume group you want to resurrect):
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Repairing SD memory cards hosed by N800

Unfortunately my N800 still “eats” memory cards from time to time. It seems to be due to a corruption of the card’s partition table. Here are the steps I use to recover the cards. The example is for an 8 GB PNY SDHC card formatted with Ext2 filesystem. I used Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy and TestDisk 6.6 for this.
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Experience Report: Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop with Linux pre-installed

Well done, Dell and Ubuntu! What I received for my €550 is hands down the best overall Linux experience I’ve ever had on a PC. Finally, this is a package that feels like a no-compromise end-user alternative to the standard Windows offerings. Almost everything works as expected out of the box, from WLAN, multimedia keys, 3D graphical effects, hibernation up to bluetooth and even BIOS updateability. And last but not least, it is not the typical kind of half-hearted approach of “if it works for you, fine - if not, don’t blame us” - Dell offers support for their Linux machines similar to the Windows side of things, but at a lower cost.
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