Oops /boot partition deleted

I had an oops moment when I momentarily booted back into Windows to build a cygwin offline installer for work (for OpenSSH).  For some reason I had chosen the D: drive to download the temp packages.  The D: drive was also the drive letter than ExtFS associated with my linux /boot partition.

In a moment of brainlessness I deleted the files on the D:\ drive, not even realising what I was doing until I tried to boot back into my Ubuntu.

But as is the case with most things in linux, Google came to the rescue.

I hunted up my Ubuntu Gnome USB install key and booted into that.  I then used fdisk to find the right /dev/Xda drive for my installation and then…

sudo mkdir /mnt/sysimage

sudo mount /dev/sda7 /mnt/sysimage

sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/sysimage/boot

sudo chroot /mnt/sysimage/

sudo apt-get install linux-image-`uname -r` linux-image-extra-`uname -r`

And a reboot later and I am back in business.



Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

Last weekend I decided to take the plunge and return to a core Ubuntu release.  I have never liked the fact Canonical forked Gnome, and lately I am no longer happy to support Mint’s obsession with forking every gnome app!

My first impressions of Gnome 3 were not that good to be honest, but because I had actual work to do and I did not have the time to go back to Mint 16, I decided to persevere.

I am so glad I did.  I have come to appreciate Gnome 3’s simplicity and extension driven customisation.

I installed the frippery move clock extension, dask-to-dock, workspace-to-dock.  Enabled the native window placement and removable drive menu.

I also installed HTitle Firefox extension which remove the title bar in firefox.

The gripes I have so far, is it was a real pain to add launchers for my custom apps that are not installed.  Especially getting the icons working, I manually created the files in /usr/share/applications and that seemed to work.  Alacarte ignored the extension of my icon, which I did not understand.


I have had a couple of freezes, but ALT-F2, R, Enter gets around them, and I think they were mostly to do with earlier extensions I have added and now removed.


I tried quite a few extensions for stuff, (I don’t remember the complete list) but the ones I have listed above work for me.

I will post additional comments based on my experiences in the coming weeks.  But it is nice to be back with a proper ubuntu release, sorry mint.


As an aside….

It would be so nice to see Cinnamon re-merged back into gnome 3 instead of duplicating all that effort.  The same goes for Mate to contribute to the gnome classic mode.  It’s upsetting to see so much UI fragmentation.  Yet another reason why I don’t see Linux ever getting that ‘year of the desktop’