#11

While I write this, I am sitting with two of my friends in my University’s Reading Hall. It’s already past 2:30 in the AM, and we are just chilling out , talking of an array of things … for no apparent reason.

University Elections are taking place. This time a bit earlier though. All parties have pulled up their socks and are campaigning vigorously. They wake you up at 3 in the morning. What for ? “Vote for us !” . What a pile of crap !

I’ve been here for an year now, enough to know about the elections.

Parties primarily aim at the Freshers. For the simple reason that they don’t know shit about the shit happening around. If you are a fresher, they approach you and will do anything for your precious vote. Wait till the election fever goes down. Nobody gives a damn ! Well of course, there are some genuinely nice people but I am talking about the majority of them, I’ve seen.

So, me and my friends with nothing better to do are discussing about the most hyped topic right now… Elections. Let’s see how the night goes, given I’ll be spending  it outside my hostel.

So yeah ! Just felt like posting here. And to end this one without something geeky would be committing a sin. So here goes, I wrote a patch to Amarok. Currently I am working on it and get it reviewed. Let’s hope they commit it. Will let you know about it.

Thanks for Reading !

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#10 : I moved to Kubuntu 15.04

Hey Guys !

Nothing fancy this time. But it seems I am stuck with a problem every week. As if last weekend wasn’t hectic enough. Last night all was fine. I did what I did and shut down my laptop. All good ! Or so it would seem.

My WiFi stopped working. I also have a Windows 7 on a separate partition. I logged into it. And the WiFi was working. But somehow it was a mess on my Ubuntu Variant. At first I thought of correcting it, and doing some research. But I didn’t have the patience this time. I had read somewhere that sometimes just re-installing your distro is the fastest solution.

Besides I was thinking of updating to Kubuntu for some time. I grabbed 15.04 . Sadly it’s not LTS. But it’s still good for now. I’ll update to 15.10 as soon as it rolls out in October.

However, I wanted to protect my precious data. Did some research and found out that since Ubuntu Hardy Heron, we have a choice to preserve our Home Directory. Still, to be on the safe side, I backed up my data on a USB. Prepared the live USB and I was good to go.

Standard Installation. Pretty easy. One thing to keep in mind that ensures that you don’t lose your Home Directory is to NOT format your Installation Directory.

If you had earlier installed your root directory and home directory in different partitions, just select the previous root partition for installation of the new stuff. You can format it if you want. Remember the ext4. 🙂

If you didn’t have different partitions for root and home like me, select the previous ext4 root partition and UNCHECK the format option. This would keep your data on home intact. However all applications you installed later in root, would be removed. You need to install them again.

Tip : It’s better to install Root and Home on different partitions. Helps in cases like these. 

Mind you, an easier option would have been simply upgrading from my previous distribution itself. But my WiFi was not working. Also I tried Ethernet, but that didn’t work too. USB seemed the obvious choice.

So here I am, on Kubuntu 15.04 . Installing Vim,Google Chrome, VLC etc again. I won’t deny that I am a bit sad for I lost all my apps and settings but at least I saved a lot of time. Plus every cloud has a silver lining. I have some material to pass time, the next time I am bored. Why my WiFi didn’t work ? And the Ethernet too.

So, all taken care of. Back to work !

Thanks for reading !