punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Tech - Toshiuki takes a U-turn

I went with the majority for Debian again, but Toshiushi got Kubuntu for the time being, which is the KDE flavor of Ubuntu. It's pretty nice, and I was surprised the KDE GUI was rather snappy on this older box.

I DID have enormous problems with the network though. Not the network card, the actual network settings. It never asked for static IP during setup, which the SETI boxes are always on, but assumed DHCP which would have sucked if I didn't have DHCP in the house. That being said, while the install downloaded updates from the Internet, when I rebooted, it wouldn't connect to anything but local IPs in my house. I had to manually enter in DNS in /etc/resolv.conf, and then it took me a while to find out where to permenantly add the default gateway. THAT was annoying. Here's what I had to fix in /etc/networking/interfaces:

# The primary network interface
iface eth0 inet static
auto eth0

That last line wasn't even there! The Ubuntu/Kubuntu forums were useless, because they told me to go through the GUI, and I would, but it wouldn't save the default gateway. I tried "apply" and "OK" but then it would reload as blank. And it took forever to find some Debian (Ubuntu is Debian-based) help to say, "where do I put it?" because everyone kept saying, "Oh, it's route add default gw," and I'd say, yes, that works, until I reboot." Finally, I got an answer from the Fedora IRC channel, of all places. I told them how I did it in Redhat, and THAT got people going, "Oh, Debian... yeah, you're missing the part where it says 'static' and you have no gateway listed in /etc/networking/interfaces."

That was an hour of my life I want back. I am not sure if it's how Ubuntu sets up networking, or a problem in KDE 3.4.
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