Hi, yes, I'm Linux-ified again. Hurrah! I don't have to get incredibly annoyed at Windows 98 when it crashes for the umpteenth time that session... Again. I had a nicely setup Suse 8.2 install on my main desktop box a few months ago (god it was too long a break) but managed to screw it up by ignoring my intuition and letting fsck try to 'fix' supposed problems it had found with my ext3 partition - it was actually completely fine. Is fsck ready to cope with ext3 properly?
Non-techies or Windows-only geeks better look away now (and for the rest of this post) - unless you want newbie help with installing it when the CD image ends up broken every time you try writing it. I tried 3 times without luck, my CD drive (or just the apps?) won't write CDs slower than 2x and you need to write them slower to get more reliability. Dunno if it's my 3-yr old drive or a problematic ISO image but it caused problems.
I've heard a fair bit about Ubuntu and my mate Jon has just started trying it out so I thought I'd give it a go - I've never tried a Debian-based distro before so thought it would widen my Linux horizons. I downloaded and installed the Hoary (latest, unproved version) .ISO CD image last night ready to write onto CD and install. I eventually got it working after a bit of messing round in the install. Several other people have (so I hear) had problems getting the CD image to write properly - mine would boot fine, but get stuck when doing the main copying/installing the base system part, due to a broken CD. As I still had .iso CD image on my hard drive though, I used a work-around involving booting with the CD (it got that far fine), and fooling it into using the hard drive image as though it were the CD. A lot faster too!
How? If you need to ask, here's the solution.