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{{UbuntuVersion}}
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;Navigation
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*Click on the Ubuntu logo above anytime to get back to this home page.
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*Click on the tabbed headings below the Ubuntu logo for more specific help.
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*Use the search box above the tabbed headings.
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;Introduction
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*This is the [http://www.sun.ac.za Stellenbosch University] wiki help guide for [http://www.ubuntu.com Ubuntu].
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*Ubuntu is a '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_adoption LINUX]''' based desktop, laptop, server, cloud and mobile operating system alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple.
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*Ubuntu is '''[[Maties_Ubuntu:About|FREE TO USE]]''' and has thousands of '''[[Software|FREE SOFTWARE]]''' programs to use at no charge.
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*Ubuntu is an ideal platform for facilitating affordable and innovative '''[http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/OpenCampus OPEN CAMPUS]''' higher education technology systems.
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*Ubuntu is great for '''[[Business|BUSINESS ENTERPRISES]]''' that want to <font color="red">'''completely eliminate software costs and end the virus 'fear factor''''</font>.
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;Test Ubuntu
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*Take the '''[http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/take-the-tour ONLINE TOUR]'''
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*Give Ubuntu a <font color="DD4814">'''[http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/try-ubuntu-before-you-install TEST DRIVE]'''</font>.
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;Using Ubuntu on campus!
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*To get up and running with a minimum of fuss on campus, just follow the simple '''[[Manual_Setup|MANUAL SETUP GUIDE]]'''.
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<!--*'''[[Media:Getting-started-with-ubuntu-12.04-second-edition.pdf|CLICK HERE]]''' to download the "Getting started" guide for Ubuntu, created by the [http://ubuntu-manual.org Ubuntu manual] community.-->
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;About Microsoft
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*On a '''[[Dual_Booting|DUAL BOOT]]''' computer use Ubuntu for a '''[[Security|SECURE]]'''  desktop experience and [[Microsoft|Microsoft Windows]] for gaming.
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*<font color="#DD4814">'''If you are switching from Microsoft Windows, first read this <u>[[Switching_from_Microsoft_Windows|wiki page]]</u>, and then watch these [https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=introduction+ubuntu+14.04 YouTube videos].'''</font>
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; Acknowledgments
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*Thanks to the [http://it.sun.ac.za central IT department] for hosting this server.
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*Thanks to the many students and staff who volunteer time to help. You know who you are!
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*Thanks to Ubuntu '''[[Enterprise_Server_Management|SERVER SOFTWARE]]''' the [http://library.sun.ac.za Stellenbosch University Library] is able to provide the following:
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**[http://scholar.sun.ac.za An open access academic research institutional repository] - SUNScholar
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**[http://www.journals.ac.za An open access academic journal publishing system] - SUNJournals
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**[http://conferences.sun.ac.za An open access academic conference proceedings server] - SUNConferences
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**[http://ez.sun.ac.za A proxy server for access to "paid-for" academic e-databases and e-journals] - SUNProxy
  
==Introduction==
 
  
The [http://www.ubuntulinux.org Ubuntu] distribution is based on [[Debian]].
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[[File:Ubuntuhandoutpage1.png|820px|border]]
  
Read about Ubuntu on the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Linux
 
  
==News==
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{{Disclaimer}}
 
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'''2005-04-08'''
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Hoary Hedgehog released: http://www.ubuntulinux.org/504Released
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'''2005-04-04'''
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Ubuntu is the number one Open Source distribution, see: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=current#1
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==Software==
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Get your own CD's from Ubuntu: http://shipit.ubuntulinux.org/
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The local campus ftp server has CD's, go to: ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/iso-images/ubuntulinux
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Try the unofficial CD's on: ftp://ftp.ee.sun.ac.za/UBUNTU/iso
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==Help==
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Ubuntu has help forums for almost any topic, see: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/
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Read the unofficial online Ubuntu guide: http://www.ubuntuguide.org/<br>
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or go to here: ftp://ftp.ee.sun.ac.za/UBUNTU/docs/ubuntu4.10/index.html
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For more information about Linux/Open Source on campus go to: http://www.sulug.sun.ac.za
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==Installation on Campus==
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'''Preparing your hard disk'''
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If you are running another operating system and you don't want to erase it, you may need to shrink one of your partitions in order to make room for Linux. You will need approximately 5 GB of free space on your hard disk. In order to shrink your partition we recommend using the [http://www.sysresccd.org/ System Rescue CD] or SysRescCD. This CD has a program on it called QtParted, a Partition Magic clone for Linux, which can shrink many types of filesystems.
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# Make sure the partition you want to shrink has enough free space to shrink it.
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# Boot your computer from the SysRescCD (you can usually just insert the CD and reboot with it in).
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# At the '''boot:''' prompt press enter.
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# Accept the default language and key mapping by pressing enter.
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# Once you are at a prompt, type <code>run_qtparted</code> to start the partitioning tool.
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# Partition your system as necessary. Save your changes and reboot.
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You don't really need to make a new Linux partition yet, the Linux installer will take care of that. You will instead want to make sure to re-size your Windows NTFS or FAT32 partition.
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'''NOTE:'''
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''Shrinking an NTFS partition may take a long time and may seem like it's hung. It always does this. '''Do not power down your machine while shrinking a partition!''' This can be very hazardous to your data.''
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'''Install CD'''
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Use the install CD and follow the reccomended partition scheme below. You select manual partitioning on installation.
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'''Table: Partitions'''
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{|cellpadding="4" cellspacing="1" width= "100%" style="background-color:#e0e0ff;border:1px solid #0067fa;font-size:100%; color: black;"
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!Mount point
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!Approx. size
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!Name
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!Type
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!Description
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|/
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|3-5 GB
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|root
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|ext3
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|This is the top of the filesystem tree.
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|swap
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|256+ MB
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|swap
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|swap
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|This is where Linux puts data as RAM fills up. This should be roughly the size of your RAM, or a little more.
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|/home
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|1+ GB
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|home
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|ext3
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|Putting <code>/home</code> on a separate partition makes for easy backup and if you reinstall, your settings are saved.
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This is '''optional''', if you don't make it a separate partition it will go in the root. It can be as large as you like.
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'''Ubuntu Repositories/Sources on Campus'''
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Start the synaptic package manager after installation and setup your repostories as follows;
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# Click '''Computer → System Configuration → Synaptic Package Manager'''.
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# Click '''Settings → Repositories'''.
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# Edit the first entry and change to <code>archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com</code> but leave everything else around it intact.
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# Also edit the sections entry to read: <code>main restricted universe multiverse</code>. This allows you to have access to all the packages available, not just the ones that are officially supported by Ubuntu.
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# Select '''Reload''' to update package metadata. Click '''Mark All Upgrades''', click '''Smart Upgrade''', then finally '''Apply'''.
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<pre>
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#Ubuntu sources
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## Warty ##
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty main restricted universe multiverse
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty-security main restricted universe multiverse
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## Hoary ##
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary main restricted universe multiverse
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary-updates main restricted universe multiverse
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deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary-security main restricted universe multiverse
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# Sinetkey to open your varsity firewall key. "man sinetkey" after install.
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deb http://www.cs.sun.ac.za/~iburger/debian woody contrib
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The local configuration file is: <tt>/etc/apt/sources.list</tt>.
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Latest revision as of 03:01, 8 March 2017

Use ubuntu.sun.ac.za to access this website
The campus IT department does not officially support Ubuntu
Please refer to the Ubuntu campus community for support
The Ubuntu campus community only supports stable LTS releases


Navigation
  • Click on the Ubuntu logo above anytime to get back to this home page.
  • Click on the tabbed headings below the Ubuntu logo for more specific help.
  • Use the search box above the tabbed headings.

Introduction
  • This is the Stellenbosch University wiki help guide for Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu is a LINUX based desktop, laptop, server, cloud and mobile operating system alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple.
  • Ubuntu is FREE TO USE and has thousands of FREE SOFTWARE programs to use at no charge.
  • Ubuntu is an ideal platform for facilitating affordable and innovative OPEN CAMPUS higher education technology systems.
  • Ubuntu is great for BUSINESS ENTERPRISES that want to completely eliminate software costs and end the virus 'fear factor'.

Test Ubuntu

Using Ubuntu on campus!
  • To get up and running with a minimum of fuss on campus, just follow the simple MANUAL SETUP GUIDE.

About Microsoft

Acknowledgments


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Disclaimer


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