A recent Fedora 9 auto update broke networking and keyboard input to the X login screen. This pushed me to reinstall Kubuntu again. Fortunately after a few days another Fedora auto update fixed the problems.

I now have been able to get audio working with skype on Kubuntu. Here are the snapshots of the required settings, so I don't forget them again.


OpenSuse 11.0 installed

Installed OpenSuse 11.0 over the top of the 10.3 installation. This is a much more slick version of OpenSuse. Installation and setup were very easy and flawless. KDE4 looks better on OpenSuse than it does on Fedora 9 for some reason.


Setup of OpenSuse complete

Setup of OpenSuse is now complete. It wasn't nearly as slick or easy as Fedora or Kubuntu. I had to run extra config utilities after installation to get X to start with my very mainstream video card. Eclipse crashes immediately, I will have to investigate.


OpenSuse 10.3

OpenSuse 10.3 has taken the place of Kubuntu as my experimental Linux. I installed from DVD. It took a bit of fiddling with the Yast configuration tool to get it to support my video card and monitor so that X would work. After that a bit more fiddling with the config to enable the network. It's odd that the network isn't enabled at installation time.

Give up on Kubuntu

Kubuntu works nicely, but I really have to give up on it. It is just a bit too different from my usual Fedora/Redhat environment. A few strange differences in the behaviour of bash when driven from my makefiles isn't comforting.


Dyndns client ddclient config

Installed ddclient to support dyndns access. Config changes required to /etc/ddclient.conf

use=web, web=checkip.dyndns.com/, web-skip='IP Address'


Hardy Heron

Downloaded the Kubuntu Hardy Heron release candidate. The installation went smoothly. Funnily enough firefox wasn't available at first, then a few days later the 3.0b5 appeared on the apt-get repositories.

The usual hassle with no mp3 support in Amarok was solved with:
# sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

I installed Skype and after a bit of fiddling with the right kmix audio settings got the audio to work. This version also includes video and my Logitech quick cam works straight away! This is the first time video has worked for me on Linux.

I had to manually install the symlink to get java support in firefox working in the /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins directory. This may have been because I installed java before firefox (I can't remember).