My linux fangirl loyalty has been tested.
This explanation is for nerds and will be uninteresting for most humans. Even though Ubuntu is Linux for Humans (blah blah blah.)
On Sunday, I returned from a refreshing trip with a fresh new coiffure and a mildly productive spark. I opened my laptop, however, to find my OS loading in 800×600 resolution. This was disgusting, clearly, so I started troubleshooting. Like any good user of open source software, I calmly scoured the boards for a similar problem. There were a few, and each recommended I edit the xorg.conf file. I panicked because of course, I, the user of my laptop, do not have default administrative priveledges (a key part of the heightened security offered by linux.) A friend of mine and fellow linux user (though regretfully not a reader of my blog) came over to help out and naturally suggested I open nautilus and perform the operation as root. I restarted my laptop and it went through BIOS and GRUB, booting up fully, but then instead of the unsightly 800×600 I had before, I was greeted with several bars of color, briefly flickering, then stationary. I tried everything imaginable to fix this, cried, wasted time, and did none of my homework. I was depressed, disconnected, and downright desolate.
Then I realized that it booting up fully indicated that it was the settings in the OS and not the hardware causing the issue. I burned a copy of the Karmic beta and held my breath.
Non-nerds, continue reading here:
Four installs, an $80 320GB Seagate external hard drive, and some pulls of Kessler later and I feel great. It’s been two days with this new install and I adore it. It’s glitchy at times, but it’s a goddamn beta. Don’t get me wrong; my love for Ubuntu has not died, only waivered. My hope is that in 8 days the Alpha will drop and meet my meagre expectations.
The apps I enjoyed reinstalling the most? All Adobe Air-powered. Prepare yourselves for a gushy review of my fave Adobe-Air apps–available on all platforms!