Karmic Kit

Karmic Kit - The Nerve Centre of a BLOG!
Despite this blog's name, I haven't run Karmic Koala for a while! In fact, my adventures with Ubuntu didn't even start with 9.10 - my first distro was 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron), loaded on my DELL Dimension 8400 way back in September 2008. Nonetheless, it was the Karmic release that really got me hooked on open-source and provided the inspiration for the blog's rather cryptic title.

Doubtless, it won't take long for visitors to realize that I'm not a Linux expert and sharing my (limited) expertise isn't really the point of this blog: this is just a way for me to document the journey. However, I hope that at least some of what I've posted here might prove useful to others or, perhaps, serve to placate the wary and encourage the curious to take the plunge and experiment with Ubuntu (or, for that matter, any other open source distro).

The following information has not been included in some vain attempt to impress visitors (not that it is likely to!) - quite the opposite: I'm constantly amazed at how well Ubuntu runs on older equipment. Whilst it is true that I've had to upgrade the DELL Dimension 8400 to keep pace with the changes in technology, I've had no trouble running the latest releases on my laptops with graphics performances of a quality to make Bill Gates weep!

Feel free to comment if you feel so inclined and, in the spirit of the open-source community, you are welcome to link, copy, disseminate, or share any information you find here for personal or educational purposes.

John Dexter - May 2011

DELL Dimension 8400

System Type: Desktop
Purchase/Acquisition Date: August 2004
Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Precise Pangolin
System Stability Type: Stable
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4CPU 3.0GHz
System Memory: 3.0GB1 2

DELL Inspiron 6400

System Type: Laptop
Purchase/Acquisition Date: April 2007
Operating System: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr
System Stability Type: Stable
Processor: Intel® CPU T2060 1.60GHz
System Memory: 2.0GB

DELL Dimension 530S

System Type: Desktop
Purchase/Acquisition Date: September 2008
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium SP23
System Stability Type: Stable
Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
System Memory: 3.0GB

Aleutia D2 Pro Fanless Mini Atom PC

System Type: Desktop
Purchase/Acquisition Date: May 2012
Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
System Stability Type: Stable - File Server
Processor: Intel® Atom D2700
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 SODIMM 1066MHz RAM


1 Graphics Card updated in February 2011
2 Memory upgraded in March 2011
3 This Windows machine is only included in the list as I run VirtualBox on my Dimension 530S. There's nothing sinister about this, until very recently, this machine had more memory to spare than any of the others!
4 Updated January 2013
5 The DELL Inspiron 1501 found a new home in January 2013 - currently running 12.1, it's running like a trooper for its new owner!