Thanks for your patience with a new linux guy. I ran the commands you suggested and will attach them to my reply. If that fails, I'll email them to you.
Tried to connect to several stations/repeaters today. Had better luck this morning. The one I could not connect to are W3BXW-R, W3LR-R, W2SO-R, KD0CNC-R, W4KVW, W1HF, N4ODC and N5DEH.
Found out that I have two interfaces on this machine. One is ubuntu and the other is ubuntu2d. The qtel icon is present on ubuntu2d but not on ubuntu. Can I add it to ubunu interface?
Well more fun today. I'm going to try to install a printer driver. I have a Canon Imageclass MF4150 as a network printer. I can see the printer from linux via samba but, there is no driver listed. Tried a few but no print.
Have a better PC but do not want to install Ubuntu quite yet. I need to know how to fall back to Windows before I do that. I think I have to work over the MBR to remove the Linux boot mgr (grub). I'll let you know how the printer goes.
> ps aux
--- In email@example.com, "David A. Ranch" <linuxham-fld@...> wrote:
> Hello Marty,
> If even SOME of your connections work then that means you probably have
> the application and your network setup properly. Send us a list of some
> of your problem remote Echolink links, nodes, and repeaters and we can
> test them out to give you some comparisons. It could very well be that
> many of those remote stations are just broken.
> Regarding memory, IMHO 256MB of RAM is just not much memory to run a
> windowed environment regardless of what other daemons you have running.
> We can try to pare things back if you send us the output of the
> following commands run as root:
> ps aux
> Considering the circumstance, is there any way to upgrade it to say
> 1GB+? RAM is very cheap and makes a world of difference for performance
> and capability. Speaking on your listed distros, all of those that
> you listed come with different window managers but as other members on
> the list mentioned, you can easily add other window managers to your
> existing system and try them out if you wish. Please note that UI's
> like KDE, Gnome2, Gnome3, Unity, etc. all require a lot of RAM (1G+ just
> for the windowing environment) and that's NOT including applications
> like spreadsheets, etc. running.
> I would recommend to never judge a Linux distribution based on what
> applications it comes with. That's like dumping Windows because it
> didn't come with Excel. All of these distributions can install many
> different applications via 3rd party repositories, etc. I personally
> use LibreOffice which is similar in features to MS Office but it's BIG
> and needs a lot of CPU to run. Others have mentioned alternative
> programs to check out. Linux brings a world of choices to you and you
> need to spend some time to try out some of these options and see which
> solutions you gravitate to. Once you make some of those fundamental
> choices, things become much easier.
> Finally, on your parting comment on "evaluating if Linux is the way to
> go".. what's your alternatives? That system with so little RAM won't
> run Windows7, it would run slowly on XP, and XP is going to EOL about
> this time in 2014. I beg that you and other HAMs to NOT run an OS that
> doesn't receive timely security updates. We've all seen the
> virus-ladden emails, etc. and security patches are some of the only
> things that keep this at bay. Linux is one of the very few OSes that
> can be pruned back to run on small footprints but your have to scale
> your expectations accordingly. Yes, any of the Linuxes / FreeBSDs /etc
> have a high learning curve but I promise that if you stick with it,
> you'll be happy in the long run for the flexibility and power they offer.