I love Linux, I really do, but I’m not sure the feeling is mutual.

My brother gave me an aged Compaq Presario laptop, for me to mess around on with Linux. Here is a quick summary of the story so far:

  • Installed Puppy Linux, liked it for a while.
  • I come to the realisation that Puppy doesn’t let me do a lot of the things that are quintessentially Linux-y, which I want to be able to do.
  • Puppy suddenly starts hating my hardware. Unable to access internet: wired, or wireless.
  • Attempt Ubuntu install: Ubiquity (Ubuntu’s installer dialogue) will not run on the laptop.
  • Install MEPIS 7, begin to like it, but discover that its kernel version has a known conflict with my hardrive.
  • Wait until near the end of our broadband month, to ensure that I have the bandwidth to download MEPIS 8.
  • Succeed, install, win.

Now I have MEPIS 8, I am seriously happy (happy is serious business). Had a little annoyance with trying to install wbar on it, though. Can any Linux buffs help me out, here?:

apt-get can’t find wbar, so I downloaded the .deb manually. I tried opening the deb with dpkg, but it complains that a dependancy is missing, and I did apt-get -f install to sort it out, but that just seemed to remove an older one, even though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t installed to start with. Is wbar obsolete now, or am I doing something wrong?