After another episode of ToMacOrNotToMac when the mac mini came out, a special at Micro Center caught my eye, and I put together a vanilla PC, with an AMD CPU and an Antec case, for the boys. It runs Ubuntu linux. See <a href="">photos and notes on the upgrade</a>. * <a href="">Antec SLK2600AMB</a> case and 300 watt power supply; $59.99 less $30 rebate. * <a href="">Sempron 2500+ CPU</a> $89.99 * <a href="">512MB RAM</a>, $40 after rebates. <a href="">KT600-AL bios update</a> for sempron Hmm... installing this video capture card messed up sound. <a href="">DebuggingSoundProblems</a> in the ubuntu wiki led me to <a href="">Alsa FAQ026</a>: How can I change the default ALSA device? Which gave the relevant /etc/asound.conf magic. Things to check: * USB 2.0 support <a href="">what's the deal with USB?</a> Motherboard research notes... * <a href="">K7VME MicroATX Socket A Motherboard</a>; video OK? hmm... let's try newegg... ABIT "NF7-M" nForce2 IGP Motherboard... <a href="">lspci from NF7-M</a>... GeForce4 MX. <a href="">unofficial ubuntu support</a> From connolly Wed Dec 28 21:17:10 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 21:17:10 +0000 Subject: sound problem persists Message-ID: <> In office-cleaning-mode today, I thought I'd try Ubuntu again. The goal: update to current stuff and listen to some creative commons music. Upgrading went fine; I thought I'd have to go from Hoary to Breezy, but I must have done that earlier. I had just a few dozen packages to upgrade. A new kernel was among them, but it doesn't seem to help with the audio problem. 2.6.3 seems to be the last kernel that works. I thought <a href="">gentoo bug 78327</a> nailed the problem exactly, but I'm not so sure any more. I wonder if <a href="">launchpad support</a> would work. Sigh... yet another password. Oh for openID! From connolly Wed Dec 28 21:17:33 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 21:17:33 +0000 Subject: Ubutntu doesn't help getting started Message-ID: <> Overall, Ubutntu feels like it lacks a basic task-oriented "Getting Started" interface. Where the OS X doc comes with Mail, iPhoto, iTunes, and a handful of others, the Ubuntu menu has "Applications Places System" and under Applications, we get "Accessories, Games, Graphics, Internet, Office, ...". Mail. I want to see Mail right in front of my face when I start. Or maybe OpenOffice? stuff... write a letter, make a presentation. Maybe edubuntu is more focussed.