Working with Linux
As of January 2008 I now use Linux for all of my computer use at home. Except for a virtual Windows machine (used for writing the System.Windows.Forms side of WarFoundry) my machine is Windows free - no longer am I dual-booting!
Despite its reputation as an unfriendly system I've managed to get quite a few additional features set up in Linux that are very useful and either wouldn't be available in Windows without extending the resource hogging or else would probably be charged for. That's not to say that it all went perfectly smoothly, but the majority of changes and installs are smooth and automatically handled.
Additions to my work/play environment
I've made a few additions to my work environment, adding new and interesting features each time. The following are brief write-ups of my experiences with them, as I get a chance to write them.
- Full read-write support for Windows NTFS partitions under Linux (thanks to NTFS 3G drivers)
- Quicker booting from GRUB to the GDM
- Replacing GKSu with a consolehelper solution so that your application can request root privileges using the same dialog as the distro-standard administration applications.
- Using a Netgear WG111 USB wireless adapter and its RTL8187 chipset in Linux with WPA for real security to your network.
- Using Conky and Tilda to replace sensors and terminal screenlets
- Running Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat on Wine - how to get the original Warhammer computer game installed and running through Wine
Bug fixes and problems
Sometimes I come across issues that don't seem to have very good resources to resolve them, or where a search returns lots of questions but no answers. When I finally resolve issues in that category then I will try to include solutions here.
- Theming Gnome 3
- Fixing the
The type or namespace name `Gtk' could not be founderror in Monodevelop
- Making exaile start as the media player for the multimedia button on my keyboard.
- Serving files from Apache on a FAT32 partition with SELinux. This lets you edit the files from Windows and Linux while you dual-boot, but SELinux causes problems because FAT partitions aren't correctly labeled for website files.