I finally am running Kubuntu at the office.  I realized Stu’s computer has just been sitting there not doing anything ever since he left, so I figured now is as good of a time as any to put it to use.

I was blown away by how simple the installation was.  I remember installing early versions of Red Hat back in the day nearly all via command line.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all without snags… Not the fault of the OS, however.  I spent about two hours trying to get network connectivity — only to discover the system had a non-standard setup which was causing the problem.  The integrated NIC was fried (but didn’t act it).  An add-in NIC was installed, but I didn’t see it when I originally set up the box.  So…. yeah…. Definitely an excercise in futility.

Once the networking part got squared away, though, everything went by smoothly.  I installed MediaWiki and am slowly trying to move the data off of my existing system over to this one.  After that’s moved over, I’ll no longer have anything dependant on my system, so I can go ahead and do whatever I want to that (probably dual-boot Ubuntu and Vista).

I’m still trying to get used to it, though. It’s been years since I’m messed around with a *nix system.  Stuff like having to use “sudo” for commands is still a bit foreign to me, but it’s still fun.  I think between getting more comfortable with Ubuntu and Vista will get me a bit more interested with some of these new projects.

I’m still not quite at the point of wanting to upgrade to Vista at home, though.

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