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DSL to Zenwalk and back to Xubuntu

15 Mar 2007
March 15, 2007

I had been running Damn Small Linux on my old Thinkpad for the last few months. It generally worked well, but I’ve had a few stumbling points with my somewhat goofy hard drive install of it. I never did manage to get sound going and I hadn’t really stumbled over a way to ensure that I was staying current. It was time for a change.

Zenwalk logo And really, that paragraph is a bit of a load. The real story is I like to experiment, and I had stumbled over a “new” linux distribution I wanted to try: Zenwalk.

Zenwalk is a GNU/Linux operating system, designed to provide the following characteristics :

  • Modern (latest stable software)
  • Fast (optimized for performance capabilities)
  • Rational (one mainstream application for each task)
  • Complete (full development/desktop/multimedia environment)
  • Evolutionary (simple network package management tool – netpkg)

The screen shots looked sparkly and shiny too. How could I resist?

The install was easy enough. In general, it ran well enough. But… my old laptop struggled with it a bit. The built-in “pencil eraser” mouse worked great, but the USB mouse was a lot like mousing through syrup. Awful, really. I tried a post at the support forums, but got no love. My initial run at getting sound going didn’t go well (but really, does it ever on a Thinkpad?) After poking around a bit, I decided that if I was going to stick with the Xfce world, I’d go back to Xubuntu where I’m more comfy.

So I did. I haven’t got sound working yet… but maybe this weekend I’ll have time to try some more. Might be related to the fact that I’m running “pre-beta Fiesty Fawn” — which I’m really liking so far.

My Xubuntu Laptop Has Sound!

21 Oct 2006
October 21, 2006

Back in August, I wrote a post titled “The Quest for Noise” in which I described my trials and tribulations with getting the combination of my old Thinkpad 600E and Xubuntu to make noise without manually running a script after each reboot.

Warren dropped by earlier today and dropped a comment on that post with two great links. The second link has a nice little condensed walk-through that I just finished using.

And now my little thinkpad makes noise all by itself. No silly scripts to run anymore.

Warren, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving that comment. We’ve never met (to my knowledge) but you sure just made my day!