Save Space on Jolicloud

I’ve been happily running Jolicloud Alpha 2c on my Asus Eee PC 701 for the last couple of months. Along with the Google Chrome Dev Preview browser for Linux, this is without question the best lightweight OS for my netbook’s tiny 4Gb SSD drive.

However, I was dismayed to see my remaining free space steadily dropping from about 1.3 gigs free just after installation, to less than 250 Mb free this morning. I searched online for some tips to retrieve my unused space, but could only find this terminal command to delete cached installation files:

“sudo apt-get clean”

After poking around a little more, I discovered a utility in the Accessories folder called “Disk Usage Analyzer” that was really helpful in figuring out which directories inside my home folder were taking up the most space:
disk_usage_analyzer

This handy utility helped me realize that a bunch of Prism cache files inside my home folder were taking up nearly a gig’s worth of space on my 4Gb SSD (Prism is a minimal web browser used by Jolicloud to create local executables of web-based services). Armed with that information, I was able to delete the cache files. Now my free space is back up to over a gig.

Installing EeeXubuntu on Asus Eee PC

I’m currently in the process of installing EeeXubuntu on my Asus Eee PC, and I got stuck very early in the process because the “Forward,” “Back,” and “Cancel” buttons at the bottom of each installation screen were located below the viewable edge of the display (thanks to the Eee PC’s strange 800×480 display). I had been limping along by blindly pressing Tab to move the selection to what I had to imagine was the “Forward” button to move my installation along, but this method stopped working right after the partitioner portion of the Xubuntu installation process — no matter how I tabbed, I could not select the button to move to the next screen. I thought I was dead in the water until I read this tip on the Ubuntu forums: hold down the Alt key to click and drag a window around the screen. This nifty little tip allowed me to proceed with my EeeXubuntu installation – the installer is currently copying system files to the 8Gb SDHC card inserted into my Asus Eee PC. Coolness!

Gnome/Linux Desktop Blogging Apps

Am now posting this entry from the comfort of my own Ubuntu Linux/Gnome desktop on my Powerbook G3 Wallstreet without having to launch a web browser (Firefox is great, but can run kind of pokey on an older machine such as this. ). I got the tip from this comment by tabreziqbal on the WordPress FAQ. Thanks!

I’m using the Gnome blogging applet. To get it on Debian-based systems (Debian, Ubuntu, Mepis, etc.), type this command in terminal:

apt-get install gnome-blog

In my case, I fired up Synaptic Package Manager, searched the repositories with “blog” as my search term, So far it seems very easy to use. I’m also going to try out blogtk for comparison — from the screenshots, it appears to have more formatting options than gnome-blog. To get blogtk on a Debian system:

apt-get install blogtk

Linux is fun! I’m pleased to be getting so much modern-day use out of a 7-8 year old piece of hardware.

Installing Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger on an Old World Powerbook G3 Wallstreet

As promised, here’s the story of how I eventually got Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Breezy Badger (the latest version as of this writing) up and running on my Powerbook G3 Wallstreet, a faithful old friend that’s been with me since 2002. Before I proceed I should mention that my two most valuable sources for this whole project were the Ubuntu Installation/OldWorldMacs wiki and Flexion.org’s Powerbook G3 (OldWorld) Ubuntu Install article. Read the full article (with over 50 comments and counting) after the jump.

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