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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. There should be several copies of this CD around the room during the installfest. 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|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'''
  
 
Use the install CD and then enable system/software updates with the "synaptic" package manager program.
 
Use the install CD and then enable system/software updates with the "synaptic" package manager program.

Revision as of 09:58, 11 April 2005

Contents


Introduction

The Ubuntu distribution is based on Debian.

Read about Ubuntu on the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Linux

News

2005-04-08

Hoary Hedgehog released: http://www.ubuntulinux.org/504Released

2005-04-04

Ubuntu is the number one Open Source distribution, see: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=current#1

Software

Get your own CD's from Ubuntu: http://shipit.ubuntulinux.org/

The local campus ftp server has CD's, go to: ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/iso-images/ubuntulinux

Try the unofficial CD's on: ftp://ftp.ee.sun.ac.za/UBUNTU/iso

Help

Ubuntu has help forums for almost any topic, see: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/

Read the unofficial online Ubuntu guide: http://www.ubuntuguide.org/
or go to here: ftp://ftp.ee.sun.ac.za/UBUNTU/docs/ubuntu4.10/index.html

For more information about Linux/Open Source on campus go to: http://www.sulug.sun.ac.za

Installation on Campus

Preparing your hard disk

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 System Rescue CD or SysRescCD. There should be several copies of this CD around the room during the installfest. This CD has a program on it called QtParted, a Partition Magic clone for Linux, which can shrink many types of filesystems.

  1. Make sure the partition you want to shrink has enough free space to shrink it.
  2. Boot your computer from the SysRescCD (you can usually just insert the CD and reboot with it in).
  3. At the boot: prompt press enter.
  4. Accept the default language and key mapping by pressing enter.
  5. Once you are at a prompt, type run_qtparted to start the partitioning tool.
  6. Partition your system as necessary. Save your changes and reboot.

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. Template:Note

Install CD

Use the install CD and then enable system/software updates with the "synaptic" package manager program.

Ubuntu Repositories/Sources on Campus

The local configuration file is: /etc/apt/sources.list.

#Ubuntu sources

## Warty ##

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty main restricted universe multiverse

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty-updates main restricted universe multiverse

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com warty-security main restricted universe multiverse

## Hoary ##

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary main restricted universe multiverse

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary-updates main restricted universe multiverse

deb ftp://archive.sun.ac.za/mirrorsites/ubuntu.com hoary-security main restricted universe multiverse

# Sinetkey to open your varsity firewall key. "man sinetkey" after install.

deb http://www.cs.sun.ac.za/~iburger/debian woody contrib