Adventures In Computing

January 14, 2009

Banshee and iPod Re-Revisited And 64bit Computing

Filed under: 64bit, Banshee, MSI Wind, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit — Normand Bissonnette @ 5:02 pm

The continuing situation I have with my iPod and Banshee 1.4.1 in Ubuntu 8.10 seems to be only related to the 64bit version of Ubuntu 8.10. The last time I mentioned my iPod, I said that gtkpod worked on my MSI Wind which runs 32bit Ubuntu, I decided to try Banshee with the ‘pod. The last time I used Banshee with my iPod I lost all the music I had on the ‘pod, when I decide to try Banshee on the Wind, I had an intuition that it would work and I am glad I did since my intuition proved to be right. The problem we have is not with Banshee but with a 64bit package.

I am pig headed, for those of you who don’t know me, when I have set my mind on something it is very hard to get me to change my mind. I want to use Banshee as my music manager because I like alot of its features, but if I can’t use it or gtkpod to manage my iPod what is the use of it or what is the use of a 64bit operating system if some of the utilities do not work in it? When I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 in October I went with the 64bit version on all the computers that had 64bit capabilities. I knew that it would only improve the speed on certain utilities but if a computer has a 64bit CPU I said to myself that I should go with the 64bit OS. Apparently I made the wrong choice. Is there any other packages that do not work properly in the 64bit edition of Ubuntu?

I am thinking of doing a fresh install of Ubuntu on my main computer, the laptop. This time I would go with the 32 bit version. I might do the easiest thing and wait for Jaunty to be released in April before I do anything drastic. Only time will tell.

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October 31, 2008

Intrepid Ibex Officially Released

Filed under: GNU/Linux, Kubuntu, Linux, MSI Wind, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit — Normand Bissonnette @ 12:53 am

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex has been officially released.  I am downloading, via torrent, the 64 bit version as I am writing this.  I hope to be installing it on my laptop and main computer Saturday or Sunday at the latest.  I have already installed the release candidate on my relatively new MSI Wind I have also installed the Kubuntu Release Candidate on another box. I will do the updates on these tomorrow morning and everything will be up to date.  This will be the first time which all my computers that support 64 bit will have the 64 bit Ubuntu installed, I believe that now is the time for 64bit computing to shine.

October 24, 2008

Intrepid Ibex Release Candidate Out Now

Filed under: Linux, MSI Wind, Ubuntu — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:21 am

The release candidate for Ubuntu 8.10 (code name: Intrepid Ibex) can now be downloaded from here.  I will be installing it on my new MSI Wind.  Why have I chosen the Wind  over the Mini 9?  The size of the hard drive (80 Gigs) was the main reason.  I can’t wait to try both of them out.

I am downloading the iso file at this moment and will be installing it on the Wind before I go to work.  I’ll only be able to play with my new toy after work.  I’ll let you know how it went in a future post.

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