Friday, June 1, 2018

Queen of France

Ubuntu 18.04 goes 64

ubuntu 18.04

Hey, I have a i686 though.

Well in the land of overdone installation tries, I first installed the 18.04 beastie 64amd.
I thought it was Not recommended, as it seemed to over-run the fan on my system, so installed the flavours (shown below), then returned back to amd. with dual primaries and a grub that allows: (I found this associated link which thwarted my entire day, back to amd64
The move away was to ....Lots of tiny Ubuntu's, called lighter versions and flavours:
Ubuntu Studio
After, also finding 9 bad blocks, then 39 bad blocks, which could have to do with the 64 version I initially pushed on the partition. I sent the bad blocks elsewhere, with the e2fsck -c /dev/sda# command. Which either moves the bad blocks into an inode of their own or deletes them. Then, the damaged hard drive is stopped, and cannot further damage files or folders, from those call-throughs.
The 39 blocks will still be there and stated though, via the disk app and its smart view.
Old-age written in again and again, furthers the discussion as to why is it old already? Its only been 8 years or so. Maybe it's a standard sentence given.
I am giving in and going for a laptop tlp, hopefully that will reduce the fan overheating issue.

Not happy with the flavours?

No, They have been a pain to setup, appearances, icons, audio, etc.
All seem to be from older desktop Ubuntu versions around Ubuntu version 10. The use of panels, is a long-time desktop appearances setup.
One neat thing though, is adding in a third or fourth panel on the right-hand side or middle, which can be just a window loader. (Instead of on the top or bottom), it can access windows right though other windows which can make it easier to click around for tired hands. However, my hands are already too tired from the appearance setups;
So I added onto Ubuntu Studio 18.04 with Xfce; an install of Unity, then Ubuntu-session, then gnome-session-flashback.
In the results from the last install, I have a gnome flashback session, sort-of, one that is very similar to the old Ubuntu 17.04. So, I feel like I kind of cheated the forced 64 upgrade, as I have a similar desktop. Which speeds things up again. Learning new desktops all the time deters from what I really wanted to do with the computer that day. So, the Unity add, has really helped out.
Secondly, with the Unity return and then Gnome Flashback,
the Audio has also returned;
to work very easily with the sound controls and I didn't need to install pavucontrol at all.
The external microphone works with 2 choices of digital or analog,(input and output) whereas Ubuntu Studio on its own has about 8 very confusing choices.
I could not get Ubuntu Studio to record from the external and then playback via the headset.
It kept muting out or not recording at all, depending on which pavucontrol configuration choice. Maybe my computer Ubuntu Studio & the pavucontroller just aren't ever getting along.
After a few updates and a dist-upgrade, Unity is an autoremove, and so far the Gnome session flashback has not been an issue and the audio is working, while missing all the depth in my the upper range.
Therefore, I revert back to amd 64 with my i686/i686/i686. Adding in dkms with range hopes. Done by around 3 in the morning.
All in All
I'm heading into the land of tlp, hoping for a cool down.
It is 95+ outside 80-85 inside, with a weather that doesn't help the Smart cuss at; my computers Old-Age. As the rumble of the swamp cooler sounds like a constant tumbler, and white foam spews out from its crevices and drips onto the front doorstep; What a house! That I've gotten myself into, outside of this computer machine.
In weird up-all-night dreams of the future;
I remember the dance studios of College Avenue in Berkeley Ca, where I was often a visitor in training. Many of the studios were just regular houses with dance teachers, pianos and piano players. Houses converted into wood-floored rooms, large or small, with a dance or yoga class going. Here in the hot house on this southern border of the United States; the main room could be a small dance studio one day, with a nice high ceiling. The garage could be another dance room conversion. Barres and mirrors, wood floors and marley. Then, this tiny house with high ceilings, even further wants to escalates itself into a mini-concert hall; givings piano concerts with cello and a flute.
That's all for today, folks.