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10 things I have to install on Windows

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

These are listed in no particular order. Sure there are a lot more things I might install before its all over but these are the first 10 things I install on windows. I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate both at home and at work.
So on to the 10 things..

  • TortoiseSVN. I check out tons of code all the time. I needed something easy to useso some searching led me to TortoiseSVN. Easy to setup and it adds some functionality to your right click menu when in Explorer. I did have to reboot after installing it which I think is stupid but it seems like a normal thing in the Windows world.
  • gvim. Thats right. What self respecting coder can honestly live with out vim? One thing I to note was my .vimrc from Linux I had to name _vimrc on Windows.
  • python. I really enjoy writting python. When I get bored I can always kill a few hours making a new toy.
  • Open Office. Coming from years of only having a Linux desktop all of my documents were in the native Open Office file types.
  • Mozilla Firefox need I say more?
  • Mozilla Thunderbird. I really like this email client. I have been using it on Linux for many years so using this only made sense so I could keep my profile from Linux.
  • VLC If there is a better media player out there please feel free to comment and tell me where to aquire it
  • Ext2IFS This is a nifty little tool. Again after years of Linux only all of my backups thumbdrives, etc are formatted with ext2 or ext3 file systems. This freeware tool allows me to read and write to those disks.
  • putty I do still have Linux servers I need to connect to via ssh. This open source tool makes it possible.
  • VirtuaWin. This open source tool allows you to have multiple desktops in windows just like you have in Linux. It has many features, and works really well.

Compaq Presario 15.4" Widescreen Notebook PC (V6120US) CPQ V6120US + Linux == Success!!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Well I posted about the hardships I had trying to get linux installed on my new laptop the other day. I would just like to sy that I now have everything working, and even have the nvidia drivers working on my video for the 3d functionality. Here is what I did to fix:

linux noapic

I stuck in my fedora core 6 DVD and at the boot prompt thats what I typed. Please note that this is not the same as noacpi (the power management stuff). I must thank my good buddy Joe Burnett for doing some googling for me while I was sleeping and posted some info he found which gave me the step. If you have this laptop passing this option at install time will fix the random locking and freezes. I verified this with Fedora, Ubuntu, and Gentoo. I hope this will help someone out there.

Compaq Presario 15.4" Widescreen Notebook PC (V6120US) CPQ V6120US + Linux == Waste of time

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Well I got a Compaq Presario 15.4″ Widescreen Notebook PC (V6120US) CPQ V6120US as my christmas gift this year from my mom, she paid for about 400 of it and I had to cover the cost of the rest (which was close to 600 dollars). I wish I had done more research about linux on this system. I started tonight by install Debian Etch amd64. The install was really quick. In under 30 mins I had a fully installed debian system. The problem was that it would lock up if the system beep was triggered, or if I tried to start X as a user instead of as root, or if I tried to boot the box in any other run level than single user mode. Next I gave Ubuntu 6.10 a shot both the i386 and the amd64. Both system had the same problem, just randomly locking up for no good reason. Next on to Fedora Core 6 both i386 and x86_64. The i386 was a huge waste of ime, it was constantly locking up, it was lucky to even boot. The x86_64 was just as bad, I managed to get it to boot every time into single user mode but when trying to boot to init 3 with gdm turned off it will lock in a diff spot every time. I went in to init 1 and turned off every service I could think of but it still locked in a diff spot every time.

My advise is this: If you plan to use linux on this system, please dont waste your money

Over this weekend I will be trying to find some Open Source OS that will run, but Im not keeping my hopes up. I refuse to use windows on this box so if I dont have any luck getting linux working Im gonna try to sell this thing and get a 32 bit system. As of right now I feel like I took about 1000 bucks and flushed it down the crapper. Had I gone with a 32 bit system I would have been able to score one hell of a system I think… If you have any hints on what can be done to get this system working please feel free to comment and let me know. Thanks.