January Meeting Call For Questions

> If you're currently having a specific problem with Linux
> or related software or hardware, feel free to post in
> our online forums so we can try to have a solution or
> suggestion by the meeting.

Cool!! I have a few questions. I'm not a complete nube, but I verrrry
recently began using Debian, and he's quite a different animal in some
respects. I installed Kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) on a new machine, my
first amd64 (specs at end).

Kubuntu came with apt.list settings pointed to security repository. I'd
like to make sure my machine gets updated with latest security patches
and whatever. It'd be nice if there was a job I could set to run at
system shutdown. How do I do that?

I've done quite a lot of reading about dpkg and apt, but still have a
way to go. I could use a package-mgmt class a la Debian. I've used
apt-get install via command line, and via Synaptic, put in a lot of libs
and apps by now.

I'm pretty familiar with installing from tar, doing the config, make,
make install dance. I've seen refs to using checkinstall to create deb
packages, which seems like the thing to do. But then ran into speed
bump. Kubuntu archives don't have checkinstall (that I could find).
Debian web site package search takes me to pages with links to quite a
lot of files. For example, Source Package: checkinstall, Download: [dsc]
[checkinstall_1.5.3.orig.tar.gz] [checkinstall_1.5.3-3.diff.gz] I'm
not sure what to do with all that!

I've tried to recompile the kernel once, but that did not work. There
are different kernel files available, and I'm not sure which I need
for my machine.

Reason I tried to recompile kernel (then got scared and backed off!)
is I have nVidia graphics card which I've not been able to get to work
on the nvidia driver; I'm currently using generic vesa driver. It did actually work right after install, but stopped after reboot.

I got Linux AMD64/EM64T (hope that's correct) Version: 1.0-8178.

I got error similar to this:
"API Mismatch: NVIDIA kernel module is version 1.0-8178 and the
X module is version 1.0.7676."

So far on nvidia forum I've learned that original Kubuntu install
detected vid card, tried to wire up the nv driver, and that borked.
I had to manually configure for vesa driver. When I used nvidia
install script, he ran into conflict with some existing installed

I found this advice on forum:

You need to remove the packages with the --purge option.

sudo dpkg --purge nvidia-glx
sudo dpkg --purge nvidia-kernel-common
sudo dpkg --purge linux-restricted-modules-`uname -r`

But I run into dependency issues when running --purge cmds:

depends on linux-restricted-modules,
which depends on linux-restricted-modules-amd64-generic,
which depends on linux-restricted-modules-2.6.12-9-amd64-generic

At this point, I'm very hesitant to proceed; I don't want to
remove stuff that might bork the whole OS.


I haven't even tried getting sound to work yet; I think there might be
some nvidia drivers for the motherboard involved, but not sure. This is
more a suggestion for possible cinlug presentation than a question, I
think. I'd like to have an overview of how audio works on linux. Seems
like there are different architectures out there.

EPOX EP-9NPA+ULTRA nForce4 Ultra Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR
ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/SATA II

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Processor (San Diego) Socket 939

Kingston KVR400X72C3A/512 512MB DDR400 PC3200 CL3 ECC Memory

XFX PV-T43G-UDF3 GeForce 6600 GT PCI Express 256MB DDR3
Video Card w/HDTV-Out & Dual DVI