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Samsung NC10 and Ubuntu 9.04

I recently tried to update my NC10 to Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope. I made sure my packages were up to date, then hit that welcoming ‘upgrade’ button on the package manager. Everything proceeded fine, until the installation was over, and all I had to do was restart. I restarted, but somehow the upgrade had destroyed my system. Gnome was broken, with every attempt to start it met with a blank screen. Any packages I tried to install returned a ‘broken packages’ error. Something, somewhere, had gone wrong.

I decided to reinstall. As I didn’t have a CD-ROM drive, I chose to use UNetbootin. It’s a very simple program to use — just download an ISO (in my case, the 9.04 Desktop ISO) and start the application. Choose the ISO file you want to use, make sure the USB drive you’ve plugged in is selected, then click OK. Wait for it to copy over the files and make the USB drive bootable. When it’s done, just unplug the drive, plug it into the computer you’re going to boot from, start the computer. Go into the BIOS and make sure your boot priority is set to be from USB first, then boot the computer. It’ll pick up the USB drive, and from there it’ll be be just like a live CD.

I installed 9.04, then booted the computer for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised to find *everything* worked out of the box. Everything. The function keys worked, the sound worked, the wireless worked, the graphics worked. It was a decidedly lovely experience. Normally I’d go into the kind of fixes necessary to get things working, but I simply didn’t need to perform any. Ubuntu 9.04 then – ideal for Samsung NC10s!


Snapshot: Evochron Legends

Evochron Legends is a space flight simulator produced by one man production house Starwraith 3D Games. So far it’s been extremely entertaining, with one fatal flaw: the interface. There are three main displays in the cockpit of your fighter, one with your own ship’s information, another with the 3D map, and another with information on whatever you’ve targeted. It gets more confusing when you bring down the various consoles like the one for navigation, as shown below.

"This console lets you manage jump drive travel and system navigation in an easy-to-use interface."

"This console lets you manage jump drive travel and system navigation in an easy-to-use interface."

Games like X-Wing, Free-Space, and Independence War have all had the same information, but have presented it in a much more effective way. Having said that however, as soon as you do learn the thing, the rest of the game is brilliant — an open ended world with lots to do, and it seems well worth the $25 cost of entry. You can download a 90 minute demo of the game here, and I’d encourage you to do so!