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[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 16:28:49 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Note that you might need to update your apt-get stuff. I don't recall how you do this, but someone around here should know.

[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 16:34:27 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Ugh... I'll do that, but it's going to be a while, as you know. I don't
get
home quickly.

It is truely a shame that Aahz isn't online right now to jump all over that statement.

[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 17:07:47 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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"couldn't find package linux-backports-modules-intrepid"

I shall be patient... I dunno how to update the apt either. DUH *grin* I don't even know what I'm doing, really. What does sudo mean? I kinda get the apt and "get" command but sudo, I dunno what that means.



[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 19:05:42 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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do as su would do.

[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 19:49:54 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Mon Nov 17 2008 17:07:47 EST from girthta@uncnsrd

"couldn't find package linux-backports-modules-intrepid"

I shall be patient... I dunno how to update the apt either. DUH *grin* I don't even know what I'm doing, really. What does sudo mean? I kinda get the apt and "get" command but sudo, I dunno what that means.

It can't find packages because it cannot connect to the internet... which is exactly what you're trying to resolve right now.  Chicken-and-egg problem.  I know you're planning on directly plugging the thing to a network connection.  This should help you get going.  I'm guessing the wifi card is the toughest thing to set up without a disk install.

'sudo' is a way of executing just one command as if you were the super user of the machine.  'su' is short for 'SuperUser', and 'do' is just the verb 'to do'... so it's Super User Do... or 'sudo'.  SuperUser is kind of the modern idea of 'root' (the old super-user account name used for literally decades in POSIX-friendly operating systems), although the super user could have any name (I think lately POSIX OSes are getting away from using 'root' as the super user account, encouraging you to use whatever name you want for that account).

Windows has been doing the same thing incidentally, about encouraging the analogous 'Administrator' super-account to be something other than 'Administrator'.  I think when you install XP, it wants you to establish some user as the main Admin account for the OS. Vista is even more aggressive about that, if I remember correctly.



[#] Mon Nov 17 2008 19:50:32 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Mon Nov 17 2008 16:34:27 EST from athos-mn@uncnsrd

Ugh... I'll do that, but it's going to be a while, as you know. I
don't get
home quickly.

It is truely a shame that Aahz isn't online right now to jump all over that statement.
He's already dinged me a couple of times for this kind of statement.

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 12:53:47 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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OK, so now I'm hardwired to the net and obviously online. well, not so obviously online on the ubuntu box. The packages still will not be found or installed.

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 13:07:24 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 13:13:18 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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So, from terminal I typed in this:

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapperutils-1.9

and got "couldn't find package ndiswrapper-common". Shouldn't I be getting somewhere at this point???



[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 13:15:34 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 13:51:08 EST from Bryon Roche @ Uncensored

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Tue Nov 18 2008 01:13:18 PM EST from girthta@uncnsrd

So, from terminal I typed in this:

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapperutils-1.9

and got "couldn't find package ndiswrapper-common". Shouldn't I be getting somewhere at this point???

Not 100% here, but you should only need to specify ndiswrapperutils-1.9 here, I'd think that would depend on whatever ndiswrapper-common crap it needs...

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 13:51:53 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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I could definitely be wrong but it doesn't seem that apt-get is "getting" anything for me at all!

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 14:20:01 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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OK....

I have managed to install the driver using these helpful instructions: http://ph.ubuntuforums.com/showthread.php?t=885520

When I get to the part where I need to "configure the  network" in the driver window I get a screen which says "Could not find a network configuration tool." and a cherry green button telling me to fuck off.



[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 14:42:09 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 14:42:29 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Freakdog:

She's using sudo. That gives her super-user access.. more than enough to do what she needs.

She is having a problem getting her network running... now *that*, she might need to run with sudo or something, but I seem to recall that Ubuntu is smart about asking you to log in when you need to do tricky things like that, so I doubt that's the issue, either.

I wonder if she has a bad install.

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 15:03:49 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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*singing*

I FUCKING DID IT! Look Ma, NO STRINGS!!!!



[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 15:13:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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NICE. This either means that girthta is a supergeek in the making, or that Linux is officially easy enough now for non-supergeeks to perform moderately challenging administrative tasks.

Either way it's great news. Enjoy your Linux box, comrade. :)

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 15:39:21 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Gratz, girthta!

Honestly, though, she's edging into super-geekdom. This isn't a victory for Linux yet. I think girthta has installed operating systems before (although they were Windows boxes), so she has some proficiency at this. It's just a little different with Linux.

[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 15:57:30 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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Thanks Ian, I did that. And I figured out the updated part before I read it.

Do I get my own Penguin now? I checked under my car and everything!

I really *REALLY* need more RAM on this box. Next I think I'll try to get this bluetooth dongle to work and find a dvd ripper so I can copy dvds to the box.



[#] Tue Nov 18 2008 15:59:40 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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I have installed OS's of various natures before and will do it again. Tomorrow probably, as a matter of fact, since I picked up a consulting job for a BioMedical research company who needs a little, edgy, almost super-geek to help them out. If I see anything glowing I'll let you know!

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