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Old 12-23-2007, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question Ordering Kbuntu CD's...???

Good Sunday Morning All,

I'm a bit "corn-fused". I need to get the most stable
distro of Kbuntu, because I'm an Amateur Radio Operator.
I understand there are ham radio programs in there to
aid me. Now, I'm a REAL N00bie at this.

When I go to the Unbuntu sitem however and try to order
the "Free" CD's, it only gives me the option of Unbuntu
7.10, "Gutsy Gibon". Is there another site I can order
it from?

Long story short, my IWill K266 Plus Athlon 1.2 "crashed"
with my legal backup of WIN 2000 Pro, for some strange
reason (Psst, it happened the same time last year). Such
is my fate with MICRO$HAFT.

I'll have to dig out an older computer and put WIN 2K Pro
on it, just so I can run a program (Ham Radio DeLuxe) that
interfaces with my Icom 706 Mark II-G transciever and
allows me to run the radio from the computer. The
programmer, a retired Englishman living in Switzerland says
HE isn't going to "port" the program to either Mac or Linux.
His program is "FREE" for various "CAT-enabled" radios and
he believes in "totally FREE" software. Strange, that no
one has not taken it and ported it. I know I don't have
the programming skills, otherwise I would. He gives the
"code" away as well. ?????

Well, back to the subject. I have a 15 gig HD loaded with
Fedora Core 6, and in my "spare" time, during this season,
I've been sitting down and reading the "Fedora Core 6 and
Red Hat Enterprise *BIBLE*" that I bought. Slowly, but
Shirley (LOL!) it's coming to this ol' man. So, maybe there
is hope for me yet.

At present, I'm on the wife's Sony Vaio computer that has
WIN XP HOME on it. It has both a CD burner and DVD burner.
I'm not familiar with it, so I don't know if I could "burn"
an ISO(?) of Kbuntu or not. All she does with this is play
games, e-mail, and download pictures from her sister's
computer in Richardson, TX. Terri is a photographer.

Well, I know this site goes to a lot of different countries
through out the World. But, for those of you who celibrate
a "Special Time" this time of year...."Joyeäux Noél et Bon
Année du Luzianne". I hope that no only TODAY, but FOREVER,
you, your family, friends, neighbors, & countrymen have
great Health, abundant Wealth, and exceeding JOY.

Respectfully submitted,
73 (Best Regard),

Cedar Grove, LA., USA
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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It sounds like you just want to download and burn the latest Kubuntu ISO for your own use. Ordering the K/Ubuntu CDs is really only for people who want to distribute them, since you need to order 10+ (if memory serves) and the wait time is usually in the months.

You will want to go to the Downloads section of the Kubuntu site, and select your continent and the closest mirror you can. For instance, here is the link for the latest Kubuntu ISO from the University of Utah.

Once you have the ISO downloaded, it is just a matter of burning it onto a CD-R. You can do this with whatever burning software is installed on your computer, or by using free tools such as ISORecorder.
Old 12-23-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Go to the ubuntu web site and get the ubuntu cd and install it, when it is installed you can then install the KDE front end on your ubuntu install, with.

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop

as per this web site.
Old 12-23-2007, 06:15 PM   #4
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DO NOT download the kubuntu 7.10 iso...
its broken! and you will end up with a broken pakage update.

just downlaod the reguliar ubuntu 7.10 and use synaptic to install kubuntu-desktop
(that changes it to kubuntu but without the errors)
Old 12-23-2007, 07:14 PM   #5
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Remember LQ has their own list of mirrors...
Old 12-24-2007, 09:33 AM   #6
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Problem is the hd doesn't HAVE an O/S on it, so I can't
download anything. I'm not real sure how to do this on
the wife's XP HOME box. She would KILL me if I screwed
up HER computer, litterally! I still have to live here,
ya' know.

There's not a local LUG here in Shreveport, LA and I
really don't know anyone else here running Linux. I
guess my best bet is to buy a used desktop with XP on it
and just give the hell up.

Merry Christmas!

Best Regard,

Shreveport, LA

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Old 12-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #7
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Download the iso to your wife's XP box. Use some CD burning software to turn the iso into a bootable CD. Then take the bootable CD to your own PC and boot from the CD. Once you have a desktop in front of you, click the install to hard disk icon and the install will format your hard drive according to your instructions.

As a final step, delete the iso file from your wife's PC.
Old 12-24-2007, 12:14 PM   #8
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it is easy to download linux on your wifes XP box without touching anyting on that box.

you just download 1 file (an iso file) that is just a normal file
(this can be between 600MB and 4GB depending on if its a cd iso or a DVD iso)

then using somthing like nero burn the iso to a disk (if you havent got a dvd writer you will need the CD iso)
make sure you burn the iso as a disk image not a plain data disk.

then just place teh disk in your comp and boot....
you can delete the enormous file form your wifes comp as soon as you have burnt it.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:43 PM   #10
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You couldn't get it through Shipit because you were at the ubuntu shipit site. Go to [url][/ur] to order the disc.

You may order any amount from the site, and it usually takes a couple of weeks to arrive (longer right after a new version is released).
Old 03-04-2008, 06:30 AM   #11
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Thanks All,

I really appreciate each of your's help and suggestions. I'm not real comfortable in using the wife's computer. My wife is a sweet and lovely lady, but you don't mess with her computer, LOL! Mine on the other hand is a different story, LOL! I'll do all kinds of things to it and not sweat it.

I've been very busy finishing the ladder/headache rack & antenna platform on my Ford F-150. It's been an engineering nightmare, but it's finally done. The rack extends from the front bumper (angle out, then back, inwards and to a 90º from the ground. The uprights are chain-link fence top rail. The front bumper ones are 94" long and held to the bumper with some electrical "u-channel" (Kendorf) and bolted on. Those are bent back, to give a 90º to the ground and inward to align with the truck beds, rectangular stake bed openings in the top of the bed railings. The stake bed uprights are cut to 48" and wedged in tight and held upright by some 12" braced shelf brackets and bolted through the bed rails.

The horizontal pieces are made from 1" electical, steel, conduit and drilled and bolted to each upright.

Before cutting the pieces, I sanded and painted each piece with automotive primer and then flat, Army cammo green, then, in an irregular pattern of flat, cammo, tan, black, & brown. Not the "Desert" cammo, but the regular Army green cammo, LOL!

The rack is solid to a point where I could put a piece of 3/4" plywood on top, over the bed, and have a one-man tent or by adding additional top rail, a covering for a deer stand. ;-) But, instead, I'll use it to mount all my Ham radio and scanner radio antennas.

I've even picked up an 18" dish antenna, removed the LNA's and have antenna plans to use a 11 oz coffee can to make a Wi-Fi antenna (painted Army cammo) and mount it as well on the truck. Now, ALL of the installed antennas will work and I have the radios and scanners for each one that will be mounted in a mount on the transmission "hump".

Why did I mentioned all of this? Well, my "plan" is to try and get a used laptop, install Kbuntu on it and I'm told by a ham friend of mine in Maryland that there ARE some individual, ham radio Linux programs that will do the "logging" of my 'contacts' during a contest, look-up the various call-signs from for verification AND allow me to run PSK-31, all "mobile" (with a wireless card) from the F-150! Certainly, I won't be driving and typing, LOL! But, the computer will essentially "run" or control the radio and I can use my microphone or a telegraph key in the front seat. AMAZING!

BTW.... I've ordered 2 sets of "Gutsy Gibon"(?)this morning and I'll wait until it gets here. Meanwhile, since the "rack" is finished, I'll mount some more antennas on and then turn my attention to trying to get that Athlonn 1.2 gig computer up and running again. No Mo' "WIN" for me!

Well, it's 1123 hrs Zulu (5:23 AM) here and I need another cup of my World's Famous, HELLO WORLD! Cajun cowboy sock kawphy, LOL!

Respectfully submitted,
73 (Best Regard),

Red River Valley Amateur Radio Society (RRVARS)
No Bravo Sierra Radio Club (NBSRC) - Chapter 2
10/10 International
Amateur Radio Club of Shreveport (ARCoS)
Certified NOAA Wx SKYWARN spotter


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