William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson

First Post from New Netbook

So I got a netbook for Christmas! It's pretty sweet. Other than this following bugaboo, it was pretty easy to get set up the way I wanted!

I want to get OpenOffice.org version 3 on here because I hear its Writer has a grammar checker, kind of like Microsof Word's. I had to take this implementation of version 2 out before trying to install 3 – I wasn't successful, so now I've gone back to 2 - score me half a point – I couldn't do what I wanted to do, but I was at least able to roll things back and get OpenOffice 2 back in. I'm typing this in Writer right now. It's not Word, but it's free, and it runs on Ubuntu. If anyone knows of anything better, let me know.

Apparently with this older distribution of Ubuntu that comes with my Mini 10v, there's no easy way to upgrade to OpenOffice.org 3. The Ubuntu PTB aren't putting out those nice and easy GUI-selectable packages for the older versions of their OS, even this one, Heron, which is supposed to have long-term support.

So in January when I get back to be school, I'll be on the lookout for some Linux geeks. ;-)

Anyway, the computer: It's fun to type on and carry around because it's small and light, and it's made even more unobtrusive by the fact that it's virtually silent – there are no moving parts that I'm aware of. (I specifically ordered a solid-state hard drive.) So I should be set! There's a upgraded model coming out next year, but by the time it's available in Canada with the options I want it could be the hit for next Christmas. But if you haven't got one yet, and want one, I'd consider waiting.

Merry Christmas! Now I have to move all my stuff out of my cousin's room. Ugh. Well.
Tags: christmas, computers, linux, netbooks, ubuntu

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