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The empathy IM client on linux has long baffled me. It didn’t look as nice as pidgin, and would NEVER sign into my msn. When the ubuntu team made it the new default client, I couldn’t understand it. Until now…

Finally empathy has won me over. It actually signs into everything, and uses lots of adium themes so it looks fantastic now. AND its more stable, so I can say goodbye to the days of pidgin randomly dissapearing. Huzzah!

Fixing a broken Wubi Grub

Its happened so many times; I make a fresh wubi install and update it, and then on reboot I find myself dropped to a grub shell. I could never figure out why it broke, or how to fix it. Luckily, I don’t have to! Someone else has finally found a solution!

Turns out, its dead simple. To boot back into ubuntu just takes three lines on the grub shell:

sh:grub> linux /boot/vmlinuz-(Your version of the kernel) root=/dev/(Your Windows partition) loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro

sh:grub> initrd /boot/initrd.img-(Your version of the kernel)

sh:grub> boot

Then once you’re back in, simply reinstall the package “grub-pc”. No more reinstalls and losing whole configurations! I much prefer being able to fix a problem than simple admit defeat with a reinstall, and my hope in wubi was fading. Maybe this bug will be fixed properly soon, but in the meantime, at least i can work around it when it happens.