Catching Up

I haven’t written anything here in what seems like ages. For the past couple of months, our lives have been almost completely overtaken by soccer. That has passed and we are in the closest thing to a lull when it comes to soccer that we will see for quite a while: Ian’s season with the high school JV team has now been over for about 3 weeks, my season coaching the junior high teams has been over for a couple of weeks, and we are past the tryouts for the Spring season competitive teams. Indoor soccer has not yet started, and about all we are currently involved in is pickup games in the park, and those will go on for as long as we have something resembling grass there to play on.

On the geek front, I had both my LCD monitor and the DVD drive in my desktop system at home die in the same weekend, so I am now running a nice 21-inch 1600×1200 Viewsonic flat panel. Very nice. I have not yet replaced the DVD drive, but will probably work that in around the soon-to-come-but-not-yet-scheduled upgrade of Linux on that same system. I still dual-boot that box as Deb still uses the Windows side of it, and I just haven’t had the time to get everything backed up ahead of dorking with the hardware there (just on the off-chance that slapping a new drive in the box causes everything to go south).

Also on the geek front, I spent some time running a different distro on both my work laptop and my work Linux box recently. I was curious about Zenwalk 3.0, a Slackware-based distro that focuses on providing a fast Linux distro with a carefully-selected set of packages tailored to their “one app for each function” approach aimed at minimizing the size of the installation. I was reasonably impressed. Installation went very well, very fast boot times, very quick and responsive desktop (even running GNOME, my desktop environment of choice). The one downside that I found was that many of the GNOME tools that I typically use just aren’t available in either the distro or in the community-maintained download library for installation. I don’t regret trying it; the only reason I moved back to Ubuntu (I am now running 6.10 on both the work laptop and the work desktop) was the release of 6.10 and knowing that all of the stuff I normally use is there.

Speaking of Ubuntu 6.10, the installation of that new version on both systems so far went flawlessly. No issues whatsoever. I am still in the process of getting all of the development tools installed so that I can continue working on stuff there, but have found no problems whatsoever. As has been the case with Ubuntu in the past, it just works, it is reasonably responsive on my hardware, and all of the tools that I want to use are either already in the repositories or work great when installed manually.

I have been doing a bit of reading, and will add a post or two on that in the next day or two.