Thursday, November 3rd 2005
I had once again summoned up the energy and courage to try to install Linux on a second partition of my C drive. Having tried this about six months ago, I had the basic routine fairly fresh in my mind. (My previous, and first ever, try, failed because I couldn’t get the network to work. This time I seem to have that bit covered anyway.) So, I downloaded Kubuntu 5.10 for AMD 64, did all my backups and created a nice shiny 25 GB partition on my C drive as well as a 512 MB Linux Swap partition.
So far everything had gone fine. I activated the new empty partition, slipped the Kubuntu DVD into the drive, rebooted and hoped for the best.
All went well until I got to the partition manager of the installer. Even though I had specifically created an empty Ext3 partition as well as a swap disc, the installation’s first suggestion was to wipe the whole 200 GB drive. How intelligent is that? Well, anyway. I chose the
Configure boot table manually option and tried to get some kind of confirmation of that it would install on the new partition and leave my Windows partition alone. There was none. But there was a little flash symbol next to the partition I wanted to use, so I guessed that must indicate the active partition (which I knew it was) and also that it would use that partition for installing. Only, while I was dodging back and forth between the screens, not knowing what to do, the big fat excuse of an installer hung on me.
After having booted up Windows, checking the download wasn’t corrupted (using md5sum) and remade the DVD – I tried again. Still the installer kept hanging on me, at one stage or another. The furthest I’ve got so far is to
Configuring apt – Testing network repository…. Even if I get through all the prior steps, it always hangs there. I must have tried the whole procedure six or seven times now, and I’m pretty much getting fed up. If anyone knows how I can bypass this step, or make it not hang I would be very happy for any ideas or suggestions.
If all Linux distros have this bad installers (which I doubt they do) then it’s no wonder that Linux is a geek thing and a geek thing only.