Jump to content

Recommended Posts

So I thought I would post up here my next test of Ubuntu. Have been having a bit of a play with it and kinda been half way between ubuntu and windows for the past week. Now I am going to aim to spend more time in Linux and see how I go on with this. I will however need a windows partition for my work as I develop in visual studio and sql server.

 

 

Now if Im gonna spend more time in it, speed is a must. Therefore I have decided to split up my raid partition and I am going to attempt to install Ubuntu from CD on my new partition. I have left only 14gb for this as I dont tend to store information on my system drives anyways, so this should be plenty.

 

Firstly I have heard that people have had problems doing this with raid partitions, therefore I have decided I am going to take the risk. My partition is ready and my disk is burnt off. See you on the other side.

Link to post
Share on other sites

14Gb? That should be sufficient for test purposes. I have only got 10Gb allocated to my Ubuntu and I still have space to spare.

 

The thing to do is to test each category of software one at a time. Like when I was trying out browsers, I installed about five different browsers, tried them out, then uninstalled all except the one I wanted to keep. btw there are a lot more browsers to play with in Linux than in Windows. At one end, there is Konqueror which is a browser plus file manager. At the other end, there is links which is a text-based browser. Then there are a number based on Firefox like Iceweasel and Iceape. Also a few based on Chrome like Chromium and Iron.

 

Have fun.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Got a bit of a problem with Grub unfortunatly. I think its because of the way my raid partition is set up. If I leave the system to boot it boots straight into windows. If I F12 to select a boot device and select the raid (which is ironically where windows is) then it boots to Ubuntu. Very wierd, but it seems to work. However only booted back into ubuntu once and just done all my updates.

 

Next on the agenda. Restart to finish the updates and graphic card install so I can get dual screens running again (I hate just one screen) then configure my sound card since I have a studio card.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers for that Victor, will have a look.

 

well do far had a problem where I couldnt install teamviewer. This was because there was an update stuck which was missing dependancies (or so it said) however it turned out it was because the files had changed due to my soundcard edits. I switched these back, used sudo apt-get install -f to run through what it was missing in the updates then tried the install for teamviewer again. All worked fine (although teamviewer is not great on linux so may look for another solution)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Got a bit of a problem with Grub unfortunatly. I think its because of the way my raid partition is set up. If I leave the system to boot it boots straight into windows. If I F12 to select a boot device and select the raid (which is ironically where windows is) then it boots to Ubuntu. Very wierd, but it seems to work. However only booted back into ubuntu once and just done all my updates.

 

Next on the agenda. Restart to finish the updates and graphic card install so I can get dual screens running again (I hate just one screen) then configure my sound card since I have a studio card.

Is Grub on the MBR? If it is you would boot directly into Grub and have the options of Linux/Windows if configured correctly

Sound Installed

Dual Screens sorted

Dropbox sorted

Chrome sorted (but rubbish on linux IMO, so gonna play with firefox on here I think)

What's rubbish about it, did you download Chrome, or are you using Chromium?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Be careful with the Nvidia drivers in the repo, there's a bug that pretty much renders your card useless.

 

Cheers for the info. I have an ATI card though so should be ok :)

 

As an update to this however, Im now on 16 days solely using Linux whilst at home. I gotta say for anyone who is switching over from windows, I can understand why you find it hard to do so. STICK WITH IT. Personally I am highly likely to be sticking with this setup from now on :)

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Administrators

Be careful with the Nvidia drivers in the repo, there's a bug that pretty much renders your card useless.

 

I had that happen to me as well, I ended up uninstalling them. It works fine without the drivers as far as I can tell.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just found out something while playing around with Debian. Apt-get and aptitude are said to be work the same way but actually they don't. Aptitude works better. It even takes care of missing dependencies. So it would be a good idea to use aptitude instead of apt-get.

APT and Aptitude are both frontends to DPKG. I would use APT for major upgrades (ex. 11.10 to 12.04) because it finds a quicker upgrade path for multiple packages and aptitude for basic updates.

Link to post
Share on other sites

APT and Aptitude are both frontends to DPKG. I would use APT for major upgrades (ex. 11.10 to 12.04) because it finds a quicker upgrade path for multiple packages and aptitude for basic updates.

 

That's quite odd. From the way you described it, it seems as if apt-get is a newer version of aptitude. From what I have read, aptitude is an advanced version of apt-get. From what I have found out when I tried it, aptitude does a better job than apt-get.

Link to post
Share on other sites

That's quite odd. From the way you described it, it seems as if apt-get is a newer version of aptitude. From what I have read, aptitude is an advanced version of apt-get. From what I have found out when I tried it, aptitude does a better job than apt-get.

That's not at all what I said. Aptitude isn't an advanced version in the traditional sense, it allows you greater control, which is good for installing/maintaining packages, but when you are doing a version upgrade it can become tedious. You can use them both and you shouldn't run into any problems. If you've ever maintained Debian systems over time you'd know what I was talking about.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

Well I originally posted my topic on 27 June and I have completed my month of testing and beyond.

 

The reason I have gone beyond it is simply as I have begun to like ubuntu much more than I like windows, and therefore have stuck to it. So in conclusion, as someone who has tried linux before and not really got on with it, I can honestly say that if you want to try it then try it for a reasonable amount of time before you make your mind up.

 

Current situation:

 

I have had to keep a windows installation due to work stuff which is .net and sql server based, however I have completely reformatted my drives. Windows now resides on a secondary drive, dual booted with ubuntu which is on my primary raid configuration. Ubuntu is now certainly my main day to day operating system and I will only be using windows as and when I need to do so.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...