Apr 23, 2009

The Great VomitRadio Ubuntu Linux Experiment (or 'How I Turned Windows Into Wine')

A couple of weeks ago I had finally had it with Windows XP. So I started playing around with Linux again. I had an old version of Fedora Core on my main computer, but I didn't care for it much, plus it didn't want to play nice with my wireless connection. I came across Ubuntu Linux. Yes, I thought it was a silly name too. They had a 'live cd' to try it out without installing (just like Knoppix Linux). So I downloaded it and tried it out. I was impressed, but wanted to try a few more, so I downloaded a newer version of Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu. I hated them all! Plus, Ubuntu connected onto my internet without a hitch (I eventually got it to work with my wireless too).

The reason I had had it with Windows was because of the old laptop I was trying to use as a server for VomitRadio. It worked OK for awhile, but glitchy. I got tired of it and left it to gather dust in my office/studio. I had one of those 'what the fuck' moments and decided to wipe out Windows completely and install Ubuntu on it. For about a week I had fun experimenting with it, but had no luck using it as a Live365 server. Until one day a light bulb popped over my head and a bird chirped in my ear. After I cleaned up the broken light bulb glass and the bird shit off of my shoulder, I tried to install Winamp with the Wine Windows Emulator. It worked! Not perfectly, but it was a start.

I then used Wine to install the Shoutcast plug-in and gave broadcasting live from it a shot. It worked too! Still not perfect, but progress nevertheless. I then stripped out all the extra programs and crap on Ubuntu that I was never going to use, went through the extensive VomitRadio music library and prepared the thousands of tracks, copied them onto the old laptop and continued the experiment.

So far so good. Only a few glitches early on that I seem to have worked out (songs playing fast for some unknown reason, slow computer freezing up, the Comcast connection taking a shit occasionally, etc.).

VomitRadio never sounded better too. Take a listen!