Sunday, December 29, 2013

Setting up Ubuntu On My Dell 8400 Desktop Computer

 Well I decided to set up the current 32bit version of Ubuntu on my old dell 8400 desktop computer. At first I was going to try and multiboot it with the xp professional that was on it. It was having trouble trying to install and was not seeing the partitions properly.

  I tried to move the data from the second hard drive to the first one. I then wiped out the partition and left it unallocated. When I booted off the Ubuntu cd I ran it in a live situation. It did not come up and indicate it saw windows xp, so I did not have the choice to install it alongside of windows xp. I did not have any of the other usual choices as well.


  I shutdown the computer and booted off the Ubuntu live cd again and ran the gparted software. It was not seeing the second hard drive. I tried changing the settings in the system bios to just combination and leaving out any notion of checking for a raid system. This did not help either, so I set the bios back to the original set up. I went into the gparted program again in linux and tried adjusting the first hard drive by shrinking the partition size. When I rebooted the computer it would no longer boot to windows xp any longer. It still would not install Linux Ubuntu properly.
  I do already have my data backed up. I was not worried about losing the windows xp due to it not being supported any longer in April 2014. I booted off the Linux Ubuntu cd again and wiped out all partitions. When I booted off the Ubuntu live cd I ran the install and had no problems with the installation. Everything set up properly and Ubuntu runs like a charm.


  Now I can start to look for the logging software to install for my Ham Radio. The nice thing is Ubuntu comes with CQRLOG and is very easy to install. There are some other Ham Radio programs as well. Not to mention the software available out on the internet. Some pictures of CQRLOG can be seen above.
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s and Happy Holidays.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Which Linux Distrobution Should I Use

  This is a really confusing subject for me. I have used Linux mint and Zorin 6 on a multiboot computer I set up. I really liked both of them, but leaned a little towards Zorin, because it had a similar look like windows 7. I did go to quite a few different websites looking for any information I could find on them whether good or bad. I was also looking at videos on youtube so I could get a better look at them as to how they functioned. Of course Linux Mint and Zorin were not the only Linux Systems I was looking into. I based most of my looking on what Ham Radio Software was available for them. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ham Radio Logging Software and Linux

  I set up a computer with Linux Mint and Linux Zorin to use for my Ham Radio Logging. I was checking websites all over the internet. These would have to be free programs. Fortunately almost all the software for Linux is open source, which is freeware. I will give some examples of what I found in the post.
  One of the programs I came across is called CQRLOG. They have released the new 1.6.1 version on November 10, 2013. The program does provide radio control. It will support over 140 radios. It does have quite a bit of information in it. I did find that the reviews on Eham.net were very good http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/7219 





  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Start With Linux

  I could not afford to go with a new computer and windows seven at the time, so I started looking for alternatives. I found the wonderful world of linux. At the time I was looking into what games could be played for free, Ha Ha. I did some reading and found that I could set up a machine to dual boot or even boot with more operating systems. Of course I found Ubuntu, Fedora, Wine, Linux Mint and also Zorin. I decided to go with Linux Mint and Zorin along with Windows XP Professional.
  I chose the Linux Mint and Zorin, because they seemed to be very good with similarities with windows xp and windows seven. They had quite an abundance of software games in the open source area. The other thing that caught my attention was the software for the Ham Radio Hobby. That eventually became one of my major objectives. Soon I was looking all over the internet for free linux logging software as well as other programs. I was also looking for programs to create and build antennas for Ham Radio.
  The other feature of Linux that I found interesting was the fact that it does not seem to be plagued with the virus problems that microsoft operating systems seem to have. Of course this may be because the virus creators were not targeting it because it's just not as popular. The strange thing about this is that the people who say this plainly don't know what they are talking about. I think the reason why there isn't as big a problem with viruses is because of the way that the linux operating systems are designed. Below you will see a couple of pictures of the Linux operating systems.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What this blog with Linux is going to be about

 Linux is basically an open source operating system. There are numerous distributions available. I am going to try and cover various distributions of Linux in this blog. I will also show different uses associated with Ham Radio and Linux. I will give explanations of how to use and install Linux. I will also give links to my other blogs I am writing whenever they may be appropriate to this blog. I am also going to try and cover other features of the Linux system and its uses.

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