Installing KUbuntu 13.04

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This is still in the experimental migration stage - unless you specifically need to install KUbuntu, stick with installing OpenSUSE (11.4) on all new AOG PCs.

Some of the instructions on here have been taken from the installing OpenSUSE page/s. I've tried to simplify it and add specific KUbuntu problems/solutions. Due to the popularity of Ubuntu, a lot of software for linux has been written specifically for this OS (e.g. Makerware for the 3D printer), and whilst it may be possible to port over to OpenSUSE machines, the easiest/simplest solution is to fold and just use Ubuntu. The scope is to see if one/few PCs can be integrated into the AOG network with KUbuntu without much hassle.

Pre-installation checklist

- List of installed software by you and others who use the PC (skip if new PC)

- Back up locally (not on network drives) stored files (skip if new PC)

- Have access to boot setup/menu - very relavent for new PCs. If locked, contact university information service (IS) to come and unlock it, or better still, request it before placing PC order.

- Get information on PC CPU (32-bit/64-bit) and get correct KUbuntu disk (i586/x86_64)

- Make sure PC has DVD drive or find a portable one (can be installed with USB pen too)

- Get information on hard drive specfications. You might want to also request IS to partition your hard drive/s (at least two), with MS Windows on one, and the other/s blank.

Installation screens

I. Boot setup

Often F2, sometime Del, could also be some other strange key shown when PC is starting up, press and wait for setup screen. Locate boot menu and put disk drive to the top of the boot list, save and exit.

II. Install menu

After a bit of a load time on the Kubuntu splash screen, select install KUbuntu (this screen may be bypassed by the installer)

1. Welcome

Select language 'English' and click on 'Install Kubuntu'

2. Preparing to install kubuntu

Should show drive space availability (tick) and internet connection (cross). Tick 'install this third-party software'. Click 'continue' (bottom right)

3. Installation type

Select manual and continue.

4. Prepare partitions

You may have Windows pre-installed and want to keep it. It will most likely show up as device:/dev/sda1 type:ntfs. It this isn't partitioned (determined with HDD bar at top showing 100% Windows) and you want to keep windows, seek help! Otherwise you can delete this partion.

If you kept the Windows partition, mount the partition by selecting it, clicking 'change...', keep the same partition size, use as 'ntfs' (or whatever the type showed up as earlier), DO NOT tick format, and set mount point as '/windows/C/'. Click 'ok'.

The other partition/s will need to be split into three. Select the 'free space' partition and click 'add';

- swap: size is double your RAM, use as 'swap area'.

- root: select 'primary', size is '40960MB' (adjust for small HDD), location is 'beginning', use as 'Ext4 jfs', mount point is '/', click 'ok' (it will automatically format)

- local: size is the rest of available disk space (default), location is 'beginning', use as 'Ext4 jfs', mount point is '/eee', click 'ok' (will auto format)

You'll also need to select your boot location, this will be you're root device (partition), most likely '/dev/sda3', but check on the list.