April 3rd, 2007

Feisty feature of the day #25 - Open-source Sun Java

Remember when Sun open-sourced Java?

Installing Sun Java in Ubuntu

You can get a large chunk of the Sun Java stack just by ticking a few boxes in Add/Remove Applications. I still don't want to learn the language, though; it's bad enough that I get C++ forced on me at uni.

Also, it appears that Sun Java isn't entirely free yet (see comments).

Feisty feature of the day #26 - Get Windows network cards working

This isn't a new feature, but oh well, it's new to me.

Trying to get a wireless card working under Ubuntu can be a frustrating experience if the manufacturers of the card have decided to keep the specs for their hardware a secret, and can't even be bothered to provide drivers for the large percentage of the geek market which runs Linux. Shooting yourselves in the foot, guys?

A little program called ndiswrapper sometimes comes to the rescue - it allows you to use the Windows drivers for your card under Linux. It doesn't always work, but at least you can hope. The process of installing the Windows drivers isn't too user-friendly, however. Would a nice graphical tool help?

The ndisgtk tool for managing Windows drivers in Ubuntu

This is available in Feisty as the ndisgtk package. Once installed, press System -> Administration -> Windows Wireless Drivers and follow your nose...

Don't forget to visit the developer's blog for more screenshots.