New Toys

Intrepid Ibex.

It sounds like a cartoon character from CBBC, but it’s the codename for the latest Ubuntu distribution, released today.

This afternoon, I installed it on two computers, although I must admit that the news that it came packed with the older version of OpenOffice did give me pause for thought.

Despite that, I decided it was worth it. I can always upgrade to OOo 3.0 on my ownsome, after all.

The two installs went differently. As an experiment, I downloaded the ISO, burned a CD, and did a clean install on an IBM Thinkpad laptop, while on the desktop I upgraded using the menu options on the existing package.

So far, everything seems to be working fine, save that the Ibex has had trouble finding the soundcard on the desktop.

Having spent quite some time jury-rigging my O2 mobile broadband dongle to word with Hardy Heron, it was a pleasure to attach it to the Ibex, and watch as it automagically detected it, identified it correctly, and asked me which network I wanted to connect to.

Upgrading to OOo 3.0 was straightforward too, simply follow the instructions at Softpedia.

Now if I can just get the sound back…

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.

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  1. For those of you who are wondering about the sound card, or who have a similar issue with Intrepid Ibex, after a bit of research and assistance from ILUG I solved the problem by opening the Synaptic package manager and installing linux-image.2.6.27-7-generic

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