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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

27 August 2009

Download ubuntu-9.04-desktop-amd64.iso from ftp://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ubuntu-releases/9.04/. This was burnt to CD and following an F12 on boot was used to boot Nyx.

Standard Ubuntu install. The options chosen: Language: English; Location: Sydney; Keyboard: USA. Partition: described below; Who are you?: Enter the details; Migrate documents and settings: Select nothing; Install; Restart.

Partition (MS/Vista was already installed on /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2):
MS 73M sda1 not touched
MS 10G sda2 not touched
MS 50G sda3 Orig 989G
/ 928G sda5 ext3
swap 10G sda6
/home 1TG sdb1 ext3

On starting, the Update Manager kicked in as well as the Hardware Drivers application to indicate that there are restricted drivers available. Starting the Hardware Drivers application indicates the NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 180) is available. Click on Activate to have it installed. On the next restart the screen looks just great and the nvidia-settings application is activated when trying to set the Display options. Also Install Updates using the Update Manager.

Some applications installed include: most emacs-snapshot ess auctex libglade2-dev r-recommended ggobi r-cran-rgtk2 r-cran-cairodevice r-cran-rggobi ssh nfs-server ubuntu-restricted-extras

Add in the Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment and Distractions In Ubuntu) repository for Skype and DVDs. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu. Installed: skype.

Install rattle.

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