Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04 LTS on less-than-optimal hardware

Another time, another LTS release. It’s has been a while and our 12.04 LTS is now pretty old…time to switch to the new 14.04 LTS. Or maybe not.

The good news is that it’s completely possible to do an upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. The good news is this update can be partially done offline, using the 14.04 bootdisk, or and usb drive made with Ubuntu’s startup disk creator or your favorite bootdisk application. Another good news is that the in-place upgrade works, without the need of re installing everything. I am not a big fan of mayor number version upgrade, but it may come handy sometimes. Of course a good backup before upgrading is recommended and nearly mandatory. It may be necessary to re install some packages after the upgrade (I suspect this happens with third party packages). Unfortunately, the upgrade didn’t say which ones, or maybe I wasn’t paying attention. Continue reading “Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04 LTS on less-than-optimal hardware”

Ubuntu oneric ocelot 11.10: adding a favourite lancher when you can’t use Keep in launcher

Sometimes in the new Ubuntu Oneric Ocelot 11.1 launching a program and selecting ‘Keep in launcher’ is not enough. This may happen if your program requires special startup parameters, or simply because it requires a terminal to run in, ala’ Matlab. Creating a launcher on the desktop is not simply as right clicking to ‘create launcher’ as it was in older versions.
I wandered a while before finding my answer here (thanks to Bruno Pereira), as others where that useful to me.Continue reading “Ubuntu oneric ocelot 11.10: adding a favourite lancher when you can’t use Keep in launcher”