It’s that time of year again, to pick a Linux distribution and attempt to install it, customise it, use it, and give up after spending a week, frustrated, trying to get it to perform some task or activity that seems rudimentary, but requires compiling from source –with-black-magic.
Except this time, things are going pretty well.
I’m still having trouble with a few things, but they’re not important. It appears to me that some laptop audio chipsets (including the HDA Intel ALC660-VD on the Asus F3JV) don’t easily allow you to mute the speakers when music is playing out of the headphones. I’ve tried changing the model in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf several times, but alas, no success. Still, I have OneNote and Word 2007 working through Wine, so that’s pretty good. I’m also getting more familiar with bash scripting, and playing around with the “notify-send” program. Good fun.