Install Alsa Audio Driver on Ubuntu

I recently upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu, which is currently version 12.04. Version 12.10 is just a little over than a month away from being released. With my Ubuntu 12.04 install, I was experiencing some crashing issues with the Unity desktop which drove me nuts. I ended up taking some extreme measures.

I went and installed Xubuntu instead of Ubuntu. Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop interface. It’s much simpler and quite stable, except for the sound. Why can’t I get a problem-free distro for once. The default PulseAudio audio driver in Xubuntu was stuttering, especially when playing Youtube videos. So, I ended up removing the Pulseaudio and installing Alsa instead.

So, here are the steps I took to get my sound working.

sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio
$ sudo apt-get install alsa

I also had to edit the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file. Add this line at the end of the file.

options snd-hda-intel model=generic

Save and reboot.

Linux Mint Helena LXDE Released

Linux Mint Helena LXDE is a distro based on Linux Mint 8 Main Edition, Linux 2.6.31, Openbox 3.4.7.2, PCManFM 0.5.2, and Xorg 7.4. It features a complete and familiar desktop experience while being low on resource usage and is suitable for a good variety of older hardware. The benchmarks are remarkable. Boot time from Grub to the login manager is about 26 seconds, the same benchmark as XFCE and less than Fluxbox. RAM usage at idle is only at 141 MB. If you have an old and aging hardware, Linux Mint Helena LXDE may be the path to go. It’s fast with a very small footprint. Learn more.

Linux Is Bloated and Scary

Linus Torvalds called Linux bloated and scary. Did he really mean this and this? Kidding aside, it’s only natural that an OS that’s maturing will get fat with age. Hundreds of lines of code are being added each day. Linux now has over 2.7 million lines of code. Does Linux really need to go on a diet? Maybe. Maybe not.

I think the biggest misconception is that most people think Linux is the Gnome Desktop. It’s really not. In fact, you can run Linux using an entirely different graphical desktop environment like KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox, Icewm, Windowmaker and many, many others . So, it’s a bit deceiving, because users only see the graphical desktop environments and not the kernel.

It’s a good bet that Linus Torvalds was talking about the kernel and the kernel only.

Slackware 13.0

Slackware Linux Project just released version 13.0 which promises to be a major bump up from version 12.0. The biggest addition to Slackware is the support of the 64-bit version. There are many updates and enhancements to version 13.0: Xfce 4.6.1, KDE 4.2.4, HAL or Hardware Abstraction Layer which allows support for USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players without sudo requirement. Slackware uses Linux kernel 2.6.29.6. Download Slackware 13.0.