Months ago the linux side of my dual-boot PC stopped working; the hard drive crashed. Weeks ago I reformatted the drive and installed Ubuntu and it seemed to work. Great! About three days later the drive crashed again. Okay, dumb idea to try using a suspicious drive to begin with; bad Corey.
Today I bought a new drive from Fry's and loaded Ubuntu again. Installing linux is so different these days from "back in my day" -- you have GUIs to configure things, the installer partitions and formats the drive automatically, you just need to hit return every few minutes to agree to the correct default setting. Only problem is, what you're left with is a VCR that blinks 12:00. Or so I felt like -- this isn't *my* linux, this is some fancy pants new kids' linux. *sigh* I'm not that old yet...
Anyway, I buckled down and drove through making configuration changes to make my computer be my computer again. My new display card wasn't recognized (ATI Radeon X1300) but there are drivers from ATI for it. Hurrah for Google search and the Ubuntu wiki forums for providing me the step-by-step instructions. Then came fvwm (a *taskbar* for *linux*??), cvs, emacs, dot files, alias, syncing up with the data drive that I share between windows and linux, and finally: I have a linux workstation again. I can code at home! I can play Freeciv! I'm a geek again!
Why spend a perfectly fine Sunday afternoon in front of a computer rather than playing with the other kids? Good question; too bad I've already promised that this is the last update for today. ;)