dstiles - 10:21 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
I finally installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) on the "new" laptop from a DVD created from download to one of the Windows 2000 machines on the network using InfraRecorder.
It was fairly easy over-writing Windows 7 with Ubuntu apart from having to re-boot a few times more than I should (partly finger-trouble on an unfamiliar mousepad). I had to tell the dual-boot to run Ubuntu - I could not find a "Replace Windows with Ubuntu" option until I was in Ubuntu. After telling Ubuntu to install itself permanently and remove Windows it took another couple of re-boots - something went astray on the first one but the second one was fine.
It took a couple of hours to set up the wired network so I could see everything else plus the internet, probably because I'm using a manully-entered IP and not using DHCP. It was not helped by a different Network Settings panel on the new version. The wireless option still re-ticks itself from time to time, especially after a reboot: no idea why because there is no actual info in the wireless network popup and I haven't got a wireless account anyway.
I can see all the other machines on the network (Windows 2000 server, ditto workstation and Ubuntu 8.04) in the Network option of Places and in smb4k, although I've got the login wrong a few times and not been able to see them.
I can't see the new machine from any of the others. I assume this is a Share-setting or domain problem which I haven't really had time to sort out yet (if anyone has a tip about that...). I need to get into root to change permissions on the hosts file but that's probably not a problem; I did it on the other machine ages ago.
I spent a couple of hours installing apps to bring it roughly in line with the older Ubuntu machine but that still needs time to finish, especially the mail and RDP features. I notice a few apps are no longer packaged but not a real hassle. I haven't looked at Synaptic yet.
I've tried telling the new machine not to log itself off after only a few minutes on mains; an hour would be useful but I haven't found the correct place yet (tips...?).
The change to the apps window buttons, from right top bar to left top bar, is a bit odd but I'm coping - I understand this can be altered but it's not a priority for me. "Why?" is a good question, though.