Should have set up Gentoo instead (Package managment falls down...)

We installed Ubuntu on Soni's machine a while ago, forgoing Gentoo because we figured she should start with a "consumer" oriented distribution. Problem is, first time she runs into a problem I haven't the confidence to fix it by "remote control" (as it were).

In particular, Eric3, though it shows up on the Ubuntu web-site as an available package, doesn't show up on her machine as a package. I'm sure it's probably a matter of tweaking the sources-of-packages list on the machine, but walking a new user through fixing that based on years-old memory of Debian and googling just isn't an attractive option.

Because I know Gentoo (and went through the traditional documentation-based installation process where you do just about everything manually) I can pretty much debug/reverse most failures. I could have easily walked her through the problem on a Gentoo box with confidence, but on the Ubuntu box I'd be just as likely to kark the whole machine as get the IDE installed. If I were shelling in myself and fixing it I could figure it out given enough time, but that doesn't help when someone just wants to get to work.

Interestingly, I spent most of Thursday and Friday working on a FreeBSD box, and was far more comfortable with that (FreeBSD was the original inspiration for Gentoo from what I understand). It was a bit crufty (I think Gentoo does a far better job of the package management) but basically everything was familiar once I got used to having /usr/local/etc as well as of /etc and using raw Makefiles instead of a package-management command.

Upshot is we may just install Gentoo on her machine if we can't figure it out fairly quickly this evening.


  1. Justin

    Justin on 09/10/2006 11:19 a.m. #

    System->Administration->Software properties<br />
    Select "Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (binary)"<br />
    Click "Edit"<br />
    Check "Community maintained (universe)"<br />
    <br />
    repeat for updates and security.<br />
    basically one just needs these 3 lines in /etc/apt/sources.list<br />
    <br />
    deb dapper main restricted universe multiverse<br />
    deb dapper-updates main restricted universe multiverse<br />
    deb dapper-security main restricted universe multiverse<br />

  2. Soni

    Soni on 09/10/2006 12:36 p.m. #

    I did the changes in the menu System and installed Eric, yay!<br />
    The links to be added in /etc/apt/sources.list that are already there have "ca" instead of "us", doest this matter?

  3. housetier

    housetier on 09/10/2006 12:40 p.m. #

    You can safely use instead of Being in Germany I use

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