Kubuntu-Static Gateway Settings

I was feeling quite pleased with myself that I’d found a problem with Kubuntu, in using the gui to set up the network, and found a way to get around it by myself and then this morning I found out that it’s already been documented on
kudos.berlios.de I could’ve fixed the problem a lot quicker if I’d gone there. Oh well I learnt more working it out for myself this time.

So for anyone else who might be trying to set up a network check out the above link before you do it.

A Bit Of Everything

Home Education
We have a Home Education review coming up. I was stressing a bit about filling out the paperwork – paperwork is not my favourite thing. So I rang the Home Ed office and they said I can fill out the paperwork with the review officer when they come for the interview, that was a load off my mind!

I’ve been looking for online collaborative learning projects my daughter can get involved in but I haven’t been able to find any. I don’t know if I just haven’t been able to find any or they just aren’t there. In the open source software world just about everything is online and collaborative, I’d love for her to be able to get involved in a project. She designed and created her own CD which has open source and shareware software on it for Windows. She called it the Helping & Learning CD. It has educational, games and production software on it. She’s going to sell (for cost of cd) it to other home ed-ers, family and friends in our area. For a 12 year old I think she’s done well.

My Garden
I got two chooks so I’ve got chook poo for the garden and they’ve started laying already so fresh eggs too. Last year I made a no dig garden bed out of old boxes squashed flat and hay bales as the sides and filled it up with potting mix. Last year we grew cherry tomatoes and the birds ate the parsley. Now we’ve got broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beans and some flowers. We’ve got strawberry plants in a tub and will be getting some more soon. I also want to plant herbs in tubs too. I will be gradually making more no dig garden beds as I have time and the inclination. Will post some photos some time 🙂

Mum & Crafts
My Mum is coming for a visit today so we will be doing craft, talking and eating! Mmmm cauliflower soup. I can’t wait til I’m using my home grown caulis!!!!!

We will also talk tech as Mum is a retired computer tech! It’s in the family, my sister is an excellent tech and teacher too.

I play the flute and tin whistle and sing. I love to improvise on the flute and tin whistle! I play at my church as well as at home I’ll just pick up either instrument and play, sometimes while I’m waiting for something to print or reboot 🙂

Newbie And Not So Newbie
No more tech sagas at the moment 🙂 tho they will come again.

These came from a recent discussion on LinuxChix of good Linux books for beginners-
Carla Schroder’s Linux Cookbook

This was a good idea posted to the list too-
You might also consider a subscription to O’Reilly’s Safari Online, http://safari.oreilly.com/. For $19.99/mo you get online access to 10 books; there are other subscription
levels as well. You get all kinds of publishers, not just O’Reilly, and there
is a 14-day free trial.

And a useful website – linuxcommand.org

I’ve also come across – Dr Bob’s Low Fat Linux for newbie help

I’m thinking of making a website with my teaching materials, newbie help links, tips etc. I’m not sure whether to keep it as my own personal site or put it with the Teen Challenge site….

I’d better go back and put in the html for all these links. bye bye…………

Re: Long Time Since Last Post

One of the problems I’ve had with Kubuntu has been the installation. I’ve tried using different CDs, doing expert install but I just can’t get it to install on some machines. Where the installation stops can be different each time I’ve tried to install it too. Oh well I keep learning 🙂

I tried emailing the last blog post and the formatting is terrible! I’d like to keep emailing posts because I find it a lot quicker and easier but if I can’t fix the formatting I won’t.

There is a big discussion on email formatting happening on the LinuxSA Talk list at the moment. LinuxSA is my local Linux User Group and is renown for its discussions as well as being very good with tech help and advice.

Latest news at the Open Education Wiki
Linux for Teachers—A Two Day Tour
An in service course for teachers is being prepared. This will be a first course for Computer Studies teachers and others using Computers in schools. It is envisaged that this may be the first of a series on a variety of FOSS topics.

More information is at the site. I think this is a great initiative! Linux won’t go into schools on a large scale until teachers know more about it and what it can do.

Long Time Since Last Post

It’s been a long time since my last post so I need to fill you in on
what’s been happening.

I wiped my hard drive and made it dual boot – win98 and Ubuntu Linux.
My daughter (12yrs) did the same to her computer a few weeks ago.
Personally I like the Gnome desktop which is the default desktop
environment in Ubuntu. I said previously that I’d probably use Kubuntu
at Teen Challenge but I’m changing my mind. Kubuntu probably has some
work to do before I would use it for training computers. Ubuntu has
games whereas Kubuntu doesn’t they have to be downloaded and installed
later. There are other things Kubuntu doesn’t have but I can’t remember
them at the moment.

Getting some multimedia apps to work is a bit of a challenge. I found
this helpful HowTo http://www.oldskoolphreak.com/tfiles/hack/ubuntu.txt
I’m enjoying getting things working and learning the Ubuntu/Debian way.

I’m going to be teaching a Return To The Workforce course under the ACE
(Adult Community Education) program. It’s basic computing, word
processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet and email on Linux boxes!!
I’m looking forward to it 🙂 There has been so much response that
there is a waiting list as well as another group which my sister is

Linux.conf.au will be held in Dunedin next year. The call for papers
has just gone out. I would like to speak at the Linux In Education
Mini-conference. The organisers haven’t decided what mini-conferences
they’re having yet. I hope they do have the Linux In Education one I’d
love to speak at it and go to New Zealand! So would my daughter for
that matter. I’ll have to get started on my paper.

I never thought that I’d send out an e-zine but I am. I started one for
my students. I wanted a way to keep in touch and to help them keep up
their Internet/email skills and learn new ones. It’s fun for me and I
hope interesting for them.

I’m about to go and watch one of my favourite TV shows, Spicks And
Specks on ABC. http://www.abc.net.au
It’s a music quiz show.

Open Office Probs continued & Kubuntu

When I reinstalled Open Office, Writer would work but not Draw. Now I’m having other more major problems with the computer so I think the hard drive is on the way out. It’s all backed up so I haven’t lost anything. If I can get another hard drive for it I’ll try Kubuntu I want to change my whole training room over to Kubuntu. This is my main job teaching computing and doing sys admin at Teen Challenge at Murray Bridge.

I’ve been asked to set up a computer training room and teach for ourTeen Challenge drug rehab in Adelaide. This means finding the boxes, installing an os, (pref Kubuntu unless I have any major hassles with it) setting up network, then teaching.

A great Kubuntu site is kudos.berlios.de