Running total hack time: 14

Topics: Linux installation, command line

Resources: Ubuntu, Tina Hinojosa

There’s not a whole lot to report here, but I FINALLY GOT UBUNTU INSTALLED! This had become the never-ending saga. It took me three tries to get a successful install. I had gotten an Xubuntu 12.04 install disk from Free Geek, but the install they distribute is apparently their own version that they have set up for their purposes. I’m not sure what exactly the problem was, but it seems there was some issue with the display manager. So, after partitioning my drive and installing, repartitioning my drive and reinstalling, I decided to just make a clean install disk. I checked out DistroWatch’s “search” function, which allowed me to search for options better for beginners to Linux. I had planned on installing Mint, but I had only brought a CD and the install was just slightly too large. So, Ubuntu it is!

Some notes about partitioning. I set my partitions up to have a root (/) partition, which allows me to install a new version of Linux onto that partition later if I want without disrupting my file system. Neat! Mostly, I just googled around til I found some decent instructions on how to partition my disk, but you don’t have to do that. Both of the installs I used had the option to automatically partition your drive correctly, and allow the system to dual boot. It was honestly really easy. If you are a Windows user and want to learn to program, setting up your system to dual boot Linux is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get yourself up and running. I chose to find a way to get a Mac because I was looking at applying to a program that required you to have one. If you can avoid it, though, there is no reason you can’t use Linux. All it will cost you is a blank CD.