grub2, drivemap and Windows 2000

Hi Guys,

As per https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Grub2Testing I decided to test grub2 out on my system. Although everything Ubuntu related was working, I could not get my Windows 2000 installation to boot. I looked at my old menu.lst and found this in the boot entry:

title Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)

chainloader +1

I searched around and found that grub2 had only recently received a patch to mimic this grub-legacy map command and more looking around showed me that only Karmic had received this newer version of grub2.

Therefore I uninstalled grub2 and grub-pc completely . And reinstalled grub-legacy.

Then restored old menu.lst installed grub2 afresh. This time with the newevr packages form karmic. This time, I put in the entry for Windows 2000 with the extra ‘drivermap’ command:

menuentry “Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (on /dev/sdb1)” {
set root=(hd1,1)
drivemap -s hd0 hd1
chainloader +1
}

the -s switch does the reverse of the command so it is basically the same as putting:

drivemap hd0 hd1
drivemap hd1 hd0

THis time when I tried it…

IT WORKED!!!

Now I am off to tweak it’s appearance and make it more pretty….

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Claws Mail Webkit Plugin – Deb Avaiable


I have now made a Debian package for the Webkit Plugin for Claws Mail I spoke about.

It is located in my PPA. It is called claws-mail-fancy-plugin.

Instead of adding my PPA, you can just download the debian packages below (however they will not get updated, only the ones in my PPA will.

Remember, to activate the plugin, open Claws Mail and go to Configuration > Plugins. Then click Load and select fancy.so. now the plugin is activated, it will render html for you. you may also want to go into Configuration > Preferences, Plugins > Fancy and select the options you want (I checked all the boxes).

  • claws-mail-fancy-plugin_0.9.6cvs12-1_amd64.deb
    (70.2 KiB)
  • claws-mail-fancy-plugin_0.9.6cvs12-1_i386.deb
    (64.9 KiB)
  • Jaunty Impressions

    Just upgraded to Jaunty Jackalope (well a fresh install, I keep my /home & / in different partitions) and my impressions so far are pretty good!

    The Good:

    • Boot Speed – Amazing, you can see my bootchart at the end, I average around 27 secs on an AMD Sempron 3000, 1GB RAM (and my / partition is ext4)
    • UI Improvements – I like the fading wallpaper switcher and new volume control especially
    • Compatibility – Everything works as it should (though this was the same in Intrepid. Still, no regressions is always good)

    The Bad:

    • New Update Manager Behaviour – I prefer the old behaviour, but then again that is the beauty of opensource, a quick:
      gconftool -s --type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false
      And you are back!
    • Gnome Panel – I am nitpicking now, but I can’t seem to drag the panel to a new position as I could in older versions. Anyone else experiencing this?
      EDIT: I found by looking through the changelog you now have to hold ALT to drag a panel

    And the Very Good (there is no Ugly in an ubuntu release :-] ) :

    • Installation – The fact that it took me half an hour to upgrade my system and have it working as exactly before! ( I also love the new timezone switcher, so much better!)

    Impressions so far? Excellent!