Since I treated you all to the painful recitation of my labors trying to install Hardy Heron on Virtual PC, I might as well update you on how that is proceeding. Although I finally achieved a measure of success out of sheer stubbornness, after a week, I took great pleasure in removing all traces of Virtual PC from my machine. Ubuntu on VPC was slow, the audio was terrible, and the Firefox 3 beta was prone to freezing and crashing for no apparent reason. I may be stubborn, but I'm not masochistic.Our veteran Linux tip writer, Vincent Danen, kindly suggested the free VMware Player and a virtual appliance. I quickly installed the Player and then went browsing for the appliance. The number of choices was bewildering, so I ended up getting the Ubuntu 8.04 build from VMPlanet. Well, as they say somewhere no doubt — butter my buns! (I like that phrase — it has assonance and consonance. I told you I was an English major.) It works like a charm, of course, with absolutely no work required for me. The only thing I've had to do so far is "downgrade" to Firefox 2, so that I could install the Rhapsody plugin, which does not work with the pesky Firefox beta. I haven't had time to do much yet, but I can already tell that Gimp is a very slick graphic editor, just from doing a quick crop of a photo.
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Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.