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Old 04-01-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Cool Help Installing Kubuntu

Hi everybody. First a little about me. I'm a disabled Vietnam Vet. I got a good dose of Agent Orange in Nam that left me with a few health problems. I live in Illinois and I'm a guitar player, hence the name "stratman." I've been married 40 yrs this July to my wife Cindy and I'm 59 yrs old. I want to try Linux and see if I like it. I am a complete noob with Linux. My knowledge of Linux wouldn't fill a thimble. I have 2 hard drives on my computer, C and D. Windows XP is on the C drive and I would like to install Kubuntu on the D drive. There is nothing at all on the D drive. It is completely clean and NTFS formatted. I have already tried to install DreamLinux about 10 times and failed every time. So how do I install Kubuntu on my D drive? If I have to use Terminal I need to know the commands to get it installed and partition sizes etc. Although I am a current user of another very popular OS, I would like to give Kubuntu a chance and see if I like it or not.
Old 04-01-2009, 08:40 AM   #2
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Hi and Welcome!

I think Kubuntu is a good choice.

Fist of, you might like to download the Kubuntu 8.10 LiveCD. That way, you can boot of the CD and try out linux without having to install a thing. Granted it will be a bit slow as it's running from a CD and not the hard drive but it will give you a feel for Linux.

The Kubuntu installation is very simple and graphical. The only thing you need to do is:

- Make sure you install kubuntu on your second disk (probably sdb or hdb).
- Install Grub in the MBR. Grub will then manage the boot of both OSs.

Come back if you need further help.
Old 04-01-2009, 08:50 AM   #3
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One thing to be aware of: What Windows calls "drives" are often really partitions. Windows will normally have one partition (the "C:\ drive"---unless you installed another physical drive, your D:/ is on the same physical drive. When you run the Linux installer, you will see what you actually have. If running from a "Live CD", you can see the partitions by entering "fdisk -l" in a terminal.

When you have trouble ( e.g.: "Dreamlinux--failed every time") tell us exactly what happens.
Old 04-02-2009, 09:44 AM   #4
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Help Installing Kubuntu

Well, I didn't install Kubuntu. I installed PCLinux 2009.1 which is the newest distro I believe. As I said earlier, I wanted to install it to my "D" drive which shows up as HDB1 in the installation box. I have 2 separate HD's on my computer which are C, which has Windows on it and D which now is supposed to have PCLinux on it. I don't know if its on there or not because during the install several options came up. I can't remember them all but two of them were:

1. Use an existing Microsoft Windows partition
2. Use the entire Hard Disk.
3. Custom Partitioning

I tried #3, Custom Partitioning and I just couldn't get it right. I finally did #2, Use the entire Hard Disk.
After that it installed pretty easy. It did want to know the type of file system. What does that mean? I thought it was NTFS. Anyway, I think I got it installed but when I went to boot it up I couldn't get it to do anything. I went back to Windows to Disk Management and it showed the C drive with Windows on it and it showed another drive with no drive letter and 3 partitions on it. I tried everything but was unable to add the letter "D" to the drive, so it will not boot into PCLinux. Needless to say, this is very frustrating. I'm thinking of just reformatting the drive if I can and starting over. Does anyone know anything about installing PCLinux that can tell me what to do? Thanks!
Old 04-02-2009, 11:57 AM   #5
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Some info on partitions,

Some info on PClinux.
Old 04-03-2009, 11:18 AM   #6
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Talking Its Up and Running

After much frustration, I guess because of inexperience, I finally got PCLinux installed on my "D" drive. I couldn't believe it when I booted and it actually came up. Now, I just have to figure out what all this stuff is thats on my desktop. Question - How do I install apps in Linux? In Windows you just click on it and it installs but what about in Linux?
Another thing, where do I get "Wine" and how do I install it? I don't plan on having Linux as my main least not yet but there are some apps I would like to try in PCL and see if they are going to work. Thanks everybody for your help.
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Only 2 days for your first installation of linux? Not bad. Accept a pat on the back

The first time I used linux I broke it twice within a week. Since then I have never looked back.

Installing apps on linux = Use your distro's "Package Manager" (Search through those menus). If you had fallen for the charms of kubuntu, I'd be able to tell you exactly, but ....

"Wine"? I'd recommend you avoid it. If you must use windows apps, try it, but linux has thousands of apps, and one of them will probably do what you want (even though it'll be a little bit "different" from what you are used to, you may well grow to like it better). Meanwhile "dual boot" until you are happy with linux. Took me about a month before I decided to find out how to set the default boot to be linux and not windows because I realised I preferred the former.

Welcome to the fold (and I'm "old" too).


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