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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Ubunto and GnuRadio, Lovely together

From: Dave Dodge
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Ubunto and GnuRadio, Lovely together
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 19:46:45 -0500
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On Sun, Mar 05, 2006 at 04:44:46PM -0500, Robert McGwier wrote:
> Frank and I are standardizing our development for gr and DttSP on this 
> distro.  It was the most delightful time I've had to date installing and 
> running.

For those who haven't used Ubuntu: note that the basic installer does
not provide any options for package selection, and the stock set of
packages does not include anything needed for e.g. C language
development (not even "make" is installed).  You can expect to have to
run synaptic several times and keep enabling/installing yet more
packages before you'll finally have a reasonably complete set of
headers, tools, and documentation -- unless there's some meta-package
that grabs everything at once, and I just haven't noticed it yet.

It's not difficult to do, but I found it to be very annoying.  Builds
would get most of the way done and then fail because some tool or
header file was still missing.

Otherwise, Ubuntu has mostly worked out for me on an amd64 desktop.  I
probably wouldn't use it if I didn't have have a high-speed connection
to the repository, though.  The kernel and drivers supplied by the
"Breezy" release are also showing their age if you have really recent
hardware, for example my video card required me to hand-install a
driver instead of using the Ubuntu packages, and both of my SATA
chipsets seem to be completely unreliable (timeouts, hard-locks, etc).
The next official Ubuntu release will be in April.

                                                  -Dave Dodge

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