24

Jan

2010

Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 & Ubuntu 9.10

Partly as a note to self and partly as an effort to help someone else, go here:

http://vikram.eggwall.com/computers/nxt.html

for tips about getting bluetooth, usb, and nxc to work the NXT under Ubuntu 9.10.

It all worked well for me. I’ll likely be doing some of my own write-ups on Linux and the NXT robot, so if you’ve got questions… leave them.

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20

Oct

2009

ubuntu & openoffice spanish spell check

It’s very handy to be able to spell-check your Spanish homework, and OpenOffice lets you do just that. To get it working, first you need to install the Spanish lanaguae dictionaries by running:

sudo apt-get install myspell-es

Then, in your document, just go to Tools > Language and pick Spanish for the line, paragraph, or all text – if you don’t see Spanish as an option, then click “more” and change the default language for the document. Ok?

Bien. AdiĆ³s.

21

Apr

2007

Ubuntu 7 on the DV9000t

Well, I’m a Fedora fan. I am dual-booting my desktop and laptop with FC6 and Vista… but tonight, breaking from writing a paper, I decided I’d try out Ubuntu 7. My first impression is great. Resolution recognized correctly, sound worked well… both common for Fedora too. It’s what’s not so common that REALLY impressed me.

Ubuntu loaded the drivers I need for my Intel Pro Wireless to work (3945), this must be done manually in FC6. Not only that, but I was than able to click my network icon and view all available wireless networks! I was pleasantly suprised at the ease of this. Then I thought I’d try my media keys… which do not work in FC6 – they worked in Ubuntu 7! No configuration required. I can control the volume and even get a nice little volume OSD when doing so. I then tried the remote control I have with my laptop… not only does it control the volume, but allows me to launch rhythmbox and play/pause/skip music as well. I am amazed that this works. Really.

The latest versions of Firefox and OpenOffice.org only sweetened the deal. My windows NTFS partition was also readily available and automatically mounted. When I attempted to play a WMA file from my windows partition, the codec was searched for and I was able to install it with one click. 47 seconds later I was enjoying the tunes.

I’m amazed by this release, and if Fedora 7 isn’t equally amazing, I’m switching.

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