Montag, 23. April 2007

So much has happened since my last post, but I haven't come around yet to to write down here what I originally had in mind. But that doesn't matter anyway, as it didn't work out as I thought it would.

What I did back then: I installed Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) on my old PC to run BackupPC on it, as my trusted old SCSI tape drive with it's 2 GB of uncompressed storage didn't seem like a good choice for backing up the 250 GB hard disc of my new PC.

Installing Ubuntu and BackupPC went smoothly, but when I tried to forward e-mails directed to my local account to my internet mail address, it got really tricky. First, there was a bug in Edgy regarding /dev/urandom that made it impossible to authenticate at the SMTP server of my mail provider. When I fixed that after googling around, I got stuck in trying to use that SMTP server as a mail relay for exim MTA.

By now, Debian 4.0 (Etch) is running as OS hosting BackupPC, and I've configured postfix to forward my local mails to my internet mail address (more on how to do that later, hopefully).

But now for today's piece of information: After being convinced by Ubuntu's usability by playing around with Edgy and Feisty (Beta), I'm currently in the process of switching to Kubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) as main OS.

Although Amarok seems to be considered as the KDE killer app by all, I wondered why it didn't add my MP3 files to my music collection. Seems like Amarok has no MP3 support by default, and although for some users it seems to pop up a dialog offering to install it (I haven't seen it myself), but it doesn't. And I thought Feisty would install potentially unfree codecs if you agreed to a dialog, doesn't seem to be the case for Kubuntu ...

The solution Google gave me: Just install libxine-extracodecs with adept or apt-get, that does the trick.

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