[LAU] notes regarding a new installation
dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Mon Feb 17 16:41:35 CET 2020
After many (too many ?) years using Fedora 23 I decided/admitted a
system upgrade was long overdue. I chose Ubuntu 18.04 simply because I
recently installed it on a Toshiba Satellite laptop - a fun story itself
- and am satisfied with the results, especially after installing some
Ubuntu Studio components. Anyway, that machine is now a smooth-running
gun, so I figured, "Why not put Ubuntu on the desktop iron ?". And so
begins the tale...
My DVD drive is broken, so I planned to use the same bootable USB stick
I used for the laptop. That was the first problem. I tested the stick on
the desktop and discovered that my mobo wouldn't boot from it,
regardless of BIOS settings for boot selection and order. At last I
thought that the stick wasn't recognized because of the file system
type, so I created another bootable stick. This one was recognized, but
only long enough to inform me that there was no operating system on it.
Okay, a little more googling helped me out, I tried a different stick
preparation software because unetbootin has problems with some mobos.
This time the stick booted properly and at last I had an Ubuntu display.
From that point the installation was trouble-free - including the
addition of the Ubuntu Studio stuff - until reaching the part where I
installed the nVidia drivers. I had added a new graphics card, so I had
to jump through a few more hoops before I finally had a working video
Software installation was a breeze and I soon had a complete development
environment. Again, no significant problems building and installing my
Email proved to be the final bug-bear. I was able to configure for
incoming mail without trouble but my outgoing server simply was not
functioning. I called my ISP, had a long chat with a helpful fellow, and
still had no outgoing mail capability. At long last I found an on-line
report regarding the same problem and discovered that a single setting
should be changed. I made the change and finally have outgoing mail again.
Two days configuring this machine. Why I still don't usually recommend
Linux to normal users.
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