Back in April, I installed Ubuntu Linux on my oldish Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, bought in early 2005. Ubuntu’s rapid boot process and snappy action has made it my favourite operating system (while I continue to run Win XP and Mac OS on other machines). The sense of non-commercialism is also nice. But of course I have some problems. They may be things that are fully possible to do in Ubuntu, though too complicated for me to accomplish at my current level of ignorance; or semi-possible to do in Ubuntu through an ugly kludge that’s not worth it; or they may simply be impossible to do in Ubuntu. Two major ones are actually glitches that appeared with the latest major update, Gutsy Gibbon.
So I’ll review my old list: things I wish I could do in Linux.
- NEW. Gutsy killed the sound.
- NEW. Get Ubuntu to work reliably with the laptop’s power management mode. The Feisty version fixed this. Then Gutsy introduced a new power management glitch: when I power up after suspend, the machine wakes up but then immediately and spontaneously powers down.
- Communicate with my Pocket PC handheld computer over a USB cable.
- Communicate with my Garmin GPS navigator over a USB cable.
- Access and edit a Pocket Query geocaching database file.
- Use a web page as desktop wallpaper (“Active Desktop” in Windowese)
Share the laptop’s touch pad between user accounts. Currently it only works for the first person who logs onto the machine!(I think Gutsy fixed this. Not sure.)
Connect to a protected wireless access point whose password I have.The situation nevers occurs any more since I unprotected my router.
Access the contents of my hard disk’s NTFS partition (where WinXP resides).
If you happen to know any easy fixes for these problems, don’t be afraid to say so.