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Old 06-07-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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Ubuntu - so far - & book?


Well, thanks to your advice I've now installed Ubuntu (hooray!) as a dual boot option on my desktop (with XP Pro)

I decided not to install it on my old pc as I'd quit like to use it regularly - come to rely on it and, therefore, learn a little about it.

If anybody else is planning on doing the same I would certainly recomend checking out the Ubuntu forums - I read some horror stories about people using the Live CD to install on an XP system - it trashes the NTFS partition, aparently

The advice I got from that was to download the "Aleternate Install" image and use that in text mode to install. It seems to have worked well for me - I prepared my system with Partition Magic before hand in order to have some free space in which to create the Linux partition - I also converted my data partition from NTFS to FAT32 in the hope that - when I work out how to - I can mount it from Linux and share data between the two OSs - we'll see how that goes

OK, I'll stop chatting and get to the point - is there a good book which I could use to learn about this OS (version 6.06)?

It's very nice having an OS which detects all hardware (I think) and gets me up and running with no work from me - but I want to get into the file system, start doing some VI, some mounting and some package installing - etc.

Any advice will be welcome

Old 06-07-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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Book? you mean like hard copy? Yuck. The internet has all you need.

If you want a book order RUTE or the Debian Bible.

Internet Links:
"Unofficial Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Starter Guide"
Ubuntu Wiki
Ubuntu Linux | a community for beginners and experts
Ubuntu Forums - Online Community

And since Ubuntu is more or less Debian, any of the Debian documentation applies.
Debian -- Documentation
Old 06-07-2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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Dont be afraid of 'ubuntu'!

I'ts a fantastic OS! I recently upgraded from 'Breezy' to 'Dapper'
and it's even FASTER!

I'm not sure about a "book" on ubuntu, but your help icon on the panel can pretty much tell you all you will ever need to know!

And 'ubuntu forums' is just as good!

As for mounting your 'fat32' partition.

Very simple! you can go here:

or just read on:

open a terminal and type:

sudo fdisk -l

this will show you all of your partitions, even if they are not mounted.

now type:

sudo mkdir /windows

This creates a folder named 'windows' in your filesystem that you will be able to go to in order to access your 'NTFS' partition.

You can do the same thing for your 'fat32' (name it something else of course) ACCEPT; you will not be able to write to your 'NTFS' partition. only your 'fat32'

Next type:

sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab_backup

This creates a backup of your fstab in case you goof!

Next type:

sudo nano /etc/fstab OR sudo gedit /etc/fstab

This will pull up your fstab in order to edit. I personally like 'gedit' for this.

Next add this to your fstab:

/dev/hda1 /windows ntfs nls=utf8,umask=0222 0 0

And this:

/dev/hdb1 /"your name" vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000 0 0

"your name" would be replaced with whatever you named your 'fat32' folder.

Now save your changes and close your 'fstab' and type:

sudo mount -a

Now you should have access to your 'windows' and 'fat32' partitions!

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Old 06-07-2006, 10:11 PM   #4
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Several books here:

(I have no personal knowledge of any..)

Personally, I would get distro-specific stuff free on the web. Buying, get generic Linux books.
Old 06-08-2006, 06:29 AM   #5
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Thanks once again to everybody.

I now have my shared data partition which works nicely. I've also installed a bunch of packages and am generally getting the feel of Ubuntu - I like it so far!

I have another question but I'll post a fresh thread for it as it doesn't really fit in this one.

Thanks to all!


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