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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ubuntu Journey

I am back with my Ubuntu Journey. After talking about my experience with support of some devices in Ubuntu last week. I would continue my discussion with the support of my printer.

I recently bought brand new HP F2120 All-in-One printer. An excellent piece of hardware for my home use. Its printing , copying and scanning support fits well in my day to day home use needs.
The printer ships with custom drivers for windows on a CD. And obviously the linux drivers are not available. I wanted to setup the printer in Linux and interesting it failed to work initially. I was also interested in setting it up as a scanner with the xsane tool.

I searched and found hplib package is required for this printer. I installed hplib using apt-get and it worked !

Pretty soon, I would try to blogging using optical character recognition(OCR). I have already installed tesseract-ocr based on the recommendation on the web.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Working in Ubuntu World

I have been around 15 days in Ubuntu, it means both kind of good and bad.

  • I connected my Canon Digital Camera, and i easily downloaded my photos, something i never did successfully earlier.
  • I am able to play most of the media files, quite a large improvement.
  • My eclipse ide works great on Ubuntu. I have to still figure out how to manage multiple java version.


I think the one and most important bad for me in the X configuration domain. I have been used to gui based X configuration for years now in fedora and redhat. Ubuntu doesn't have a proper X configuration Util. The non-gui stuff is non-intuitive , it takes ages to surf the web for right configurations.

I have had problems twice with X, once while using the projector and again with Configuration of Dual Monitor. Probably, Some how i am biased towards the fedora's gui dual head configuration.

I have finally found the configuration that works for my Dell D600 Laptop. I would have to say that Ubuntu forums did help me a lot to reach this working version.