Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Font Sizes and Grub Stuff

And overall look are easy enough to change with different desktop themes.

In order to fix dual booting I had to add a stanza to OS12's /boot/grub/menu.lst. Below is a what the last two stanzas look like now.

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Desktop -- openSUSE 12.1 - 3.1.9-1.4
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-3.1.9-1.4-desktop root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3500418AS_9VMRL8BM-part3 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3500418AS_9VMRL8BM-part7 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x31a
initrd /boot/initrd-3.1.9-1.4-desktop

###By me to dual boot to LinuxMint12
title LinuxMint12
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic root=UUID=3f531261-e31c-4b42-bc95-933458c5d59c
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-15-generic

Using the syntax that works for OS12 doesn't work for LinuxMint. Specifically the "/dev/disk/by-id/STRING-part1" part. Also using the LM symbolic links in / didn't work.

mark@flounder:/media/3f531261-e31c-4b42-bc95-933458c5d59c> ll vmlinuz
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 29 Feb 19 23:33 vmlinuz -> boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic

mark@flounder:/media/3f531261-e31c-4b42-bc95-933458c5d59c> ll initrd.img
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 33 Feb 19 23:33 initrd.img -> /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic

Do you see the subtle difference in the path in the symbolic links?

This means that I have to edit OS12's /boot/grub/menu.lst every time there is a new kernel for LM. I use Gvim to do that task.

The two sentences marked in red above are wrong! I think the first time I tried using the LM sym links I had the hd value for grub set incorrectly. I edited OS12's /boot/grub/menu.lst last night to read as follows: (Note I'm currently running LM booted from this change.)

###By me to dual boot to LinuxMint12
title LinuxMint12
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic root=UUID=3f531261-e31c-4b42-bc95-933458c5d59c
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic

### By me testing using the sym links in LM's /
title LinuxMint12T
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz root=UUID=3f531261-e31c-4b42-bc95-933458c5d59c
initrd /initrd.img

I now have two entries for LinuxMint. Technically I could edit that file on the Opensuse partition and comment out the stanza I don't need but I think that might be risky.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Prolific Blogger

I truely am not a prolific blogger.

I started using blogger to see how it worked and to specifically write about Ubuntu. Well I stopped using Ubuntu with the first Unity release. I basically had to as I had freezes that I found impossible to diagnose or fix. So I switched to Xubuntu; quite nice but some things were awkward. I heard about this Linux Mint thing and that's what I'm using right now. It's Gnome something; at least that's how I think of it. (bad sentence there mark, ms. price would make you rewrite) I also wanted to give the latest KDE a try. So I installed Opensuse 12.1 KDE to dual boot with this LM install.

I'm wanting to give the latest Gnome and latest KDE a fair try. I've complicated matters by using a .deb based distro with a .rpm based distro in dual boot setup. I need to move along here...

OpenSuse still uses GRUB 1; I think that's why it didn't see my LM install at its install time. I couldn't boot to LM after installing OS12.1. So I managed to fix that by adding a stanza to OS12.1's menu.lst. (add exact path from os12(/boot/grub/menu.lst)) This is a crude hack because it specifies the exact kernel. So whenever LM updates its kernel I'll have to edit that file again.

After a month or so on OS12KDE I'm surprised at the difference in fonts sizes. That was the first thing I noticed. I'm taking a screen shot using the default app on LM.

Now I'm going to publish this post; close out stuff; reboot to OS12KDE; move some files around; add to this post.

Okay a few minutes later I'm back using OS12KDE. Now for a screen shot...

Ksnapshot is hard to find in the OS12KDE menu; I had to search using "screen shot" as my search parameter. Posting to see how they compare.

I've added all the links in the first paragraph from OS12.11KDE.