Friday, November 17, 2006

Why is my browsing speed so slow on my new Ubuntu machine?

Well, I'm no networking expert and I can't say that this will solve your problem. But then, I had to note it down for my own reference and who knows, may be you are having the same problem!
In a nutshell, on my machine, the DNS lookup was taking way too long - much longer than other windows machines on the same subnet. Turns out the windows boxes were connected to an Active Directory server which also happens to be a local DNS server. Those guys were getting fast response and my poor ubuntu box wasn't!
So, what's the answer? Switch back to windows?????? NO WAY!! :)

Check this out:

It took me exactly 5 minutes to get this working on my box, and I think I'll recover those 5 minutes within the next two days!
Rock on, Ubuntu!!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

How to install beryl 3D desktop on Ubuntu Edgy 64 bit

To install the popular 3D desktop manager beryl on a 64 bit ubuntu installation can be somewhat annoying if you are a newbie to ubuntu like myself. There are a bunch of sites that tell you how to install berryl package etc. and they are all very good. I followed them and kept getting this error:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package bery1

Did you get that too?

Well don't give up hope just yet. Chances are you did the same stupid thing I did. Here's the crux of the problem.

When I added the source repository to /etc/apt/sources.list, I copy/pasted the following:

deb edgy main-edgy


For a 64 bit processor what you need is this:

deb edgy main-edgy main-edgy-amd64

If you add that and update the package list, you should then be able to install beryl along with its dependencies. Here's an article which describes it better:

And BTW, it's all worth it. Ubuntu with beryl ROCKS!!!

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