I was debating actually going that route too.
Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:51pm

The version of Ubuntu I'm running is 16.04 which is EOL. I've been putting off upgrading to the latest version for a while now and if I couldn't get this going, it might have been enough to get me to finally do it.

It definitely would have been easier to just start fresh and have everything work outside the box but you really shouldn't have to do that...

I think mine was made more difficult because being EOL, getting packages from the apt package manager is a bit hit or miss and they're all old. No surprise that building from source expects a dependency from within the past few years. :)

Windows definitely does it right in that regard. Things just work. Even when they don't, it's usually not too terrible to get things going. The fact you can still spin up Windows 3.1 programs in 32bit Windows 10 is just incredible.

  • Octoprint is now requring Python 3 - Puckdropper, Sun Jul 10 2022 3:02am
    Their instructions are "you're best off just saving your settings and reimaging the drive with the latest OS image." It's so nice to grab the binary and go or get the installer and have things done in 2-3 minutes. I've tried switching to Linux and have given it a good shot but keep coming back to... more
    • I was debating actually going that route too.- Erik_, Mon Jul 11 2022 4:51pm
      • Didn't you upgrade as things went along? - Puckdropper, Fri Jul 15 2022 4:22am
        Where Windows gets it wrong is you're dragged, kicking and screaming, to the next update. Still don't remember where I was, it decided to reboot after updates on me and I'm back to an empty desktop. DOES NO ONE UNDERSTAND HOW STRESSFUL IT IS TO FIND ALL YOUR STUFF GONE? "OH, WE SAVED IT." YEAH,... more
        • from 16.04. Desktop support ended in 2021. I remember other installs getting a "dist upgrade" but maybe because this was a LTS version it didn't? Not sure. "it decided to reboot after updates on me and I'm back to an empty desktop." Ugh, yeah, I don't miss that at least. My Mac does it but... more
          • Maybe you didn't issue the magic commands? - Puckdropper, Tue Jul 19 2022 2:56am
            dist upgrade dist update dist upgrade dist update-from-releases dist update dist upgrade dist thing -nvrwrks That sounds totally plausible about it being a LTS. It sure does suck when your OS upgrade messes up a piece of hardware. Just because 99.9999% of the world doesn't use the cue cat,... more
            • You're probably right. - Erik_, Tue Jul 19 2022 9:33am
              That or I didn't fully read the output of it when I did. Good to know I'm not the only one that goes through spamming those commands. Same goes for apt sometimes as well. Speaking of apt and auto updating stuff. Ubuntu has been pushing "snaps" instead of the old "apt" way of doing things the past... more
              • You're welcome to use some of my system resources - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 25 2022 2:22am
                It's just like visiting my house. Sure, wash your hands in my sink. Don't store your junk in my living room, though. Use my resources but don't abuse them. 6 GB free? You gotta clear your logs, man! That'll free up at least another 10 GB. Sometimes I think we need to stop isolating programmers... more
                • I just cleaned up another 5GB from hidden files - Erik_, Tue Aug 09 2022 10:44am
                  From versions of software I don't have installed anymore. There's a few more gigs I could clear up if I cleaned out the ~/.cache dir but I'm not sure if anything will blow up if I do that. I agree about leaving things as you came. This drive is full of trash that's accumulated over the years and... more
                  • But it's LINUX! IT DOESN'T NEED PERIODIC REINSTALLS!!!!1oneo - Puckdropper, Wed Aug 10 2022 2:18am
                    Wow, 500 MB of Perl stuff just for one package manager. Sometimes I think they just don't ever look at how much they're accumulating. That would be interesting, if you had a spare drive to copy your install to. Just blow out the ~/.cache dir and see what happens. It'd be interesting to see what... more
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