The project for yesterday was getting Dorsai, my "new" recording box, set up with a realtime kernel and the right set of applications. Specifically, the plan was to install the 64-bit version of Debian Etch (the base for 64Studio), and the 64-bit version of UbuntuStudio (which, being based on Gutsy Gibbon, includes Audacity 1.3.3). Along the way, I wanted to make the multi-OS Grub menu work properly. It took all afternoon.
The short version is that it's working now, although I'm getting "Machine Check" errors, and the Etch install kernel panics on shutdown. Hopefully the multimedia kernel from 64studio will fix both problems. Meanwhile there's UbuntuStudio and the old Etch install.
The biggest problem getting it all to work together, actually, was figuring out how to get Grub (the bootloader) to chain to another copy of itself on another partition. This works fine most of the time, but something about the 64-bit system confuses it. That, and the fact that I kept being confused about which partition was which. The magic incantation, by the way, is (for example):
title chain to Etch i386 rootnoverify (hd0,2) makeactive chainloader --force +1
Note the "
noverify" and the "
The other problem is that the old Etch install seems to be confused about which of the two ethernet adapters is which. Still working on that, but I'm not going to let it worry me too much.
The "Machine Check" errors apparently usually mean ECC memory problems; that would be unfortunate, but memory's cheap these days.
I still have a lot of configuration work ahead, especially on Ubuntu, which I'm less familiar with. Possibly another evening's worth.
This afternoon's challenge is completely different. The Wolfling has a batch of documents, taken off her old computer, that she needs to print. Unfortunately, they were written in Microsoft Works, which has a proprietary format incompatible with everything in the known universe, and the only copy in the house is on that old computer. So I have to get it back in operation somehow I have it in the office hooked up to my KVM switch, so with luck it will Just Work[tm], but this is Windows we're talking about. (... OK, it boots. But I never made myself an account on it, so she'll have to deal with it when she gets home, unless I can do it from the guest account. The fact that it won't shut down properly doesn't help.) Maybe the recently freed version of Works will work on Colleen's machine. Maybe.
5:45pm Guest was able to print from the keychain drive. And there is much rejoicing.