[LAU] notes regarding a new installation

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Wed Feb 19 08:43:08 CET 2020

On 2/18/20 5:18 AM, Dave Phillips wrote:
> On 2/17/20 10:41 AM, Dave Phillips wrote:
>> Greetings !
>> 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...
> I may have struck a nerve.
> Addressing certain points:
> 1. Nope, I'm not a normal user. According to some, I'm not even a normal 
> person.

But you play one on TV! ;)

> 2. Admittedly, the actual use of a Linux system - or any other - isn't 
> necessarily problematic so long as the user is in fact simply running 
> programs, without concern for system configuration and administration. 
> Yes, my 10-year old grandson also "uses" my Linux machines, which is to 
> say that he knows how to start Minecraft and run a browser.

My daughter started using computers when she was 2. She's now 35. Don't 
ask her to fix anything on any kind of computer - she's an artist! She 
married a geeky IT guy, so he takes care of their computers.

> 3. My tale had really only one problem with Linux, i.e. the 
> creation/configuration of the installation media, and that problem was 
> due to a motherboard issue with the media creation software. Using 
> different (more up to date?) software resolved that issue.

I get Unetbootin from their site. But my new laptop has a 4K display and 
the Unetbootin GUI is so tiny as be nearly unusable. Thanks for the 
reminder about using dd.

I think one thing Unetbootin can do is convert a CDROM-only ISO into a 
bootable USB. Maybe that's what throws some motherboards? But I've used 
it on about 13 different motherboards here (including 5 or 6 different 
laptops) without any problems. One of the laptops was even a Toshiba. 
There was time when Toshibas were recommended as good Linux machines 
because their boards were "bog standard" with nothing exotic about them. 
Don't know if that's still true or not. I went with Dell XPS because 
Dell has support for Linux on them.

> I'm still working on a few minor problems with Ubuntu, nothing serious. 
> I think the audio configuration can be improved a bit, but performance 
> is certainly adequate now.
> Best regards to all, thanks for all the replies.

And thank you for your musics!

David W. Jones
gnome at hawaii.rr.com
authenticity, honesty, community

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