Monthly Archives: October 2008

Ubuntu Intrepid on the Advent 4211

I finally got round to putting Linux on my Advent 4211 yesterday. There are various ways and means of doing this; the ones which worked for me were:

The end results are really rather impressive; here’s a pretty picture:

Ubuntu Linux running on my Advent 4211

Ubuntu Linux running on my Advent 4211

Learning something new every day

Here’s one for all you progammers out there: what happens to the values of x and y if you type the following in, say, Python?


>>> x = 5
>>> y = 6
>>> x,y = y,x

I’d always half-thought, without really considering it, that you’d end up with x=6 and y=6, i.e. that the above was syntactic sugar for:


>>> x = y
>>> y = x

Actually, though, it turns out…


>>> x=5
>>> y=6
>>> x,y=y,x
>>> print x,y
6 5