Monday, May 23, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 installation success!

I have installed Ubuntu at the office computer, this one within Windows as I have some applications that I need for work that runs only under Windows.  However, I seem to have come upon a stumbling block as I am able to connect and browse the Internet, but the Software Center is not able to download apps.

Back here at home, I had better success.  Since I have a 4GB thumb drive, I created the Installer plus copied the ISO in this drive as well, so it is in the same place as wubi.  That worked perfectly fine.  I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows for this occasion and have been playing around with it for a couple of days now.

I have installed Chromium as my preferred browser, and I am currently using this on the Ubuntu platform to write this blog entry.

One of the things which I found confusing with Unity is the GUI itself.  After some hit and miss, I discovered that the Applications installed in Ubuntu can be found by pressing the ... Applications button.  Well, the button wasn't really that apparent!  It had nothing but a plus sign on it.  It didn't help either that the button was at the lower section of the vertical bar.

Click on Applications, then click on the drop-down menu at the top right to view installed apps by classification.

And by default the Control Panel was not in the menu bar either.  I accidentally came across it when I searched for monitor controls under Applications.  But once I found System Settings again, I tried to see if I can drag it onto the vertical bar to add it.  And it did.  Good thing.

So far my foray into Unity has been good.  Though I think I will have a go at Gnome as well which, judging by the experience of others, is a much better interface.

One problem I am having is the monitor is stuck with a 1024 x 768 resolution.  My monitor is not one of those new, widescreen versions but it is capable of a higher resolution as demonstrated by Windows XP.  But currently it is stuck to 1024.  Still researching on how I can increase the resolution.  I need to find an updated driver perhaps...

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