Ubuntu + Kubuntu + Xubuntu + edubuntu + Ubuntu Server
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You do. Certainly. - There are other places than California, and there are "other places" within California...
You've never been in Africa, I guess, - outside the tourist centers (an experience like this is usually impressing people for a complete life)? - You've never recognized there are quite different types of population in, i.e., New York, USA, a "developed" country?
- My own hope is that distributions like Ubuntu will really go for what they claim in their major goals: "Everyone should be able to use free software."
Forgive me but I fail to see why you need all those Ubuntu variants on your computer. Maybe you want to try out all the different types of desktop? If that's the case then you don't need to install each distribution separately.
In the Synaptic repositories box where you added all the CD's, make sure that all the other repositories are unchecked. That way it won't try to connect to an internet server.
Within synaptic search for *ubuntu-desktop (where * is the letter required for that particular distro) and then it will install that particular desktop environment.
The particular Ubuntu distributions are just using different desktop environments. They're more or less the same underneath.
It is safe to install "Ubuntu" and still use all the other desktops.
Ubuntu server is just Ubuntu but without a graphical desktop. You can add the server software to Ubuntu through synaptic if you require it.
I think it's probably best that you tell us exactly what you want to achieve. Then we can stop generalizing and start to help straight to the point.
You will need to repeat this step for each flavour of ubuntu unless you have 4 cd-drives.. I don't know if this method requires the before mentioned alternate cd but it never hurts to try. If it fails you can move back your original sources.list with:
The desktop CDs (ones shipped from ubuntu) don't have all the packages on them in a way that apt (and synaptic) can access them, they only have things like build-essential and linux-source. Take a look in the /pool/main/ directory of the CD, not many packages there.
If you want to install kde, xfce etc on an already installed system then you need the alternate CDs
I was wondering how can I install Ubuntu from within Xubuntu with just using an external hard drive. My laptop does'nt have a cd drive. I want to reformat the hard drive inside the machine. or just add Ubuntu over top of it. I have a desktop computer if it would be needed. They both have wi-fi.