|May 8, 2012|
|6:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
I’ll be demonstrating Ubuntu/Kubuntu 12.04, of course, and handing out CDs. I mentioned in my previous message that the upgrade went pretty smoothly for me on both desktop and laptop. I have since found another minor glitch, namely that by default the upgrade turned off my sound card! Five minutes of googling produced the cure — one setting had to be toggled.
By the way, I got curious and checked how badly my hard drive was fragmented, considering that it was installed three years ago and had never been defragged. HAH! There were FOUR — count them, four — files which had two or more extents, and three of them were log files that have been constantly added to for the entire time. Anybody who thinks that EXT4 drives ever need to be defragged is blowing smoke. (I will concede that if you’re running a server handling a thousand transactions a second, then things might be different, but for home use, forget the entire concept.)
I also did some speed checks, and as far as I can tell, EXT3 on a 7200rpm drive is about the same speed as EXT4 on a 5400rpm drive — that is, EXT4 is inherently a third faster.
Poor Ubuntu — there are not many adjectives and animals starting with /Q/ for the 12.10 release. For the record, it will be “Quantal Quetzal”. The problem with the quagga (a species of zebra) is that it’s extinct, which probably wouldn’t send the right message, and the quahog is stationary, being a clam. I’m sure that Canonical’s marketing department would say that queer, querulous, queasy, quaint, and quarrelsome would not be suitable descriptions of their brand, either. Quick would be good for oxymorons — quick quahog?.
See you Tuesday.
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