Yesterday – 19th August 2007 – it was a landmark moment for me. I have always considered myself a long-time Microsoft puritan but I have broken the ranks because……..
I have just installed Ubuntu (Feisty Fawn) on my machine!! I’ve completely wiped out my hard drive (after backing it all up obviously). I was feeling tense and had palpitations all day long because I am venturing into the great unknown and I have never reformatted my hard drive before. I felt I would be able to cope, digging into my long forgotten IT knowledge/experience for the best part of 90’s and late 80’s. At 3am this morning, Ubuntu is finally up and running. It was easier than I thought – except for a few niggles.
Fintan gave a good tip before diving in head first. You can create a Live CD with Ubuntu on it and run the OS from the DVD/CD drive to try out whether graphics card, printer, network et al are all functioning first. This can be done by booting up the PC with the Live CD in the drive. If you are happy with it, then click on Install icon showing on the desktop and it will do all the installation for you.
My niggles were that the hard drive was playing silly beggars with me. “Install” would not work. So, I forced the main partition into FAT32 (using Gpart) – this is purely guestimation, on my part, cos it was trying to install on ext3 which contains pitiful disk space. I have no idea what that is used for but since I formalise my hard drive as a Linux drive with bootable sector (using Gpart), it did the tricks.
As for the new OS itself, I need to spend a lot more time on it to see the benefits of it. So far, I like it and I have been drool over Gnome Art work available on the internet.
Don’t forget this is a complete change of my computing culture – not unlike trying to drive a left-hand drive car and having to flip your brains the otherways round i.e. I always grab the window handle when I meant to aim for the gear stick.
Any tips and advice would be hugely welcomed here. I am about to add apps onto it in the coming week so if you got a favourite, please do drop a line.