Tuesday, May 30, 2006

upgrade woes

My wife has been running Ubuntu Hoary on her laptop for over a year now. I intended to upgrade it to dapper and so I upgraded it today - to beat the rush.

It was a jump of two versions, so I decided the the best thing to do was to dist-upgrade to breezy, run all my wife's apps, then dist-upgrade to dapper. I first backed up her home directory to a usb hard drive and started.

The first dist-upgrade was started at about 7:30 in the morning. The laptop locked up solid about a third of the way in, so I ended up doing a bunch of package fixing before I could restart the upgrade. Once that was done, I rebooted, logged in and started all the applications. Everything worked fine.

Next was to upgrade to dapper, so I edited the sources file again, updated apt and then started the next dist-upgrade. This went with no hitches - although I did end up having to manually install some more packages later.

The real problem has been my wife's wireless card. It is a Belkin F5D5010 ver 2. It loads the atmel_cs modules as expected, but then you see a message in syslog that says:

ADDCONF (NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready

It really has me stumped. I did both the dist-upgrades via the wireless card - so I can assume from that this is a new to dapper problem. iwconfig seems to work properly. I did get it to work once. I was messing around manually loading in firmwares and setting the essid with iwconfig. When I re booted and tried to repeat the process, it didn't work - so I'm not sure what I did to make it work - it certainly wasn't what I thought.

I will keep plugging away at this.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Blowing Bubbles

originally uploaded
by Lostpup.
These photos are fantastic

Check out the reflections on this one. Well done Ade. His photography gets better all hte time.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


It's been a while, so I thought an update is in order.

The house is sold. It was on the market for 12 days in all. We got the full asking price, and so we are very happy.

I have handed notice in at my job. My last day is 23rd May. I have been wanting to quit this job for over a year. It felt to to finally do it.

The movers are booked, the plane tickets are bought, and we are starting to do the final sort through our stuff. The closer you get to moving date, the more your thoughts change on what should go and what we should get rid of.