How hard can it be to install Linux?

Ah! see … folks go on and on and on about how lovely and shiny Linux is, and how much better it is than Windows.

So I dug out Jane’s old PC and fired it up with the Live CDs of:

  • Ubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD
  • Ubuntu 6.06 – loaded Live CD, but wouldn’t install
  • Kubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD
  • Kubuntu 6.06 – loaded Live CD, got bored waiting for install
  • Xubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD … and it’s for old, crap PCs!! 😉
  • Ubuntu 5.whatever – installing right now, but won’t recognise the network

Not as easy as these so-called experts make it out to be, ay!

Mind you, it probably doesn’t help that Jane’s old PC is made from twigs and previously ran Windows 98. 😉

Update

00:19 Monday

I really should have added the wink 😉 at the end of the last paragraph — I’ve added it now.

Woohoo! I persevered as Ubuntu 6.06 seemed to get so far before falling over.

So after updating the PC’s BIOS — after much detective work I discovered that the motherboard is a M810L v.7.1a from PCChips — I was able to boot to the Ubuntu Live CD and install from there … once I’d used GParted to manually delete all the partitions on my hard drive.

Thanks for the advice Richard, but I really wanted to check out Ubuntu having used it very successfully before. And I’m not the kind of person who just gives up because something’s not working. That’s how I learn. 🙂

Holiday, day 2: DIY and general geekery

This morning was spent doing DIY:

  • Installed new fluorescent light in the shed
  • Fixed “Kadesh” brass nameplate to shed door!
  • Fixed new bolt to back gate
  • Fixed new hose reel to the wall
  • Built CD bookcase extension from old bookcase
  • Trip to local dump (recycling centre)

This afternoon was spent doing geeky stuff

  • Sorting out my pile of old technology in the cupboard
  • Selling a few bits and pieces on eBay
  • Watching Dream Theater DVDs on my PC
  • Installed 120GB hard drive in Mum’s old PC (former HDD had died)
  • Currently installing Kubuntu 6.06 on it (to replace Windows XP Home)

That’s what holidays are for…