GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Belinos Install Log
Standard Ubuntu install. The options chosen: Language: English; Location: Sydney; Keyboard: USA. Partition: see below; Who are you?: Enter the details; Migrate documents and settings: Select nothing; Install; Restart.
Partition (MS/Windows installed on /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2):
The virtualbox-3.0 package was installed to the install MS/Windows XP (the box has a license for it). This worked just fine.
091024 Purchased a Vodafone mobile broadband. Had to set it up in XP (using VirtualBox) as could not determine how to do so under Ubuntu. It was recognised under Ubuntu and the Network Manager application prompted with a wizard to set it up, but could not proceed from there. It seemed to try to connect but then failed. tried passwords and pins but nothing worked (there is no pin on the SIM). Under XP, run the installed automatically from the supplied CD. Choose prepaid and not to send usage data to Vodafone. It installed Windows .NET as part of the process. However, it still did not run on Ubuntu until I found that the APN is vfprepaymbb and the username and password are web. Now with network-manager-gnome I can connect and disconnect to mobile broadband.
Standard Debian install. Choose boot media with F12 on boot. F2 to edit the BIOS, needed for 2.4 kernel (no support for AHCI so select Combination under Drive). MS/Windows XP already installed, so use the Debian GNU/Linux installer to reduce the NTFS partition size, but keep it, and repartition the remainder, ending up with a dual boot machine.
Install: lang=English, location=Australia, kb=American English, network through DHCP, hostname=belinos, resize NT partition and partition remainder as a desktop, write partition changes, install grub, reboot.
The repartitioning of the pre-existing MS/Windows NTFS partition is now handled directly by the Debian GNU/Linux installer. At the partition step select:
\#2 primary 159.9GB ntfs
Default Desktop partition was:
Grub automatically noticed MS/Windows XP and added an appropriate entry for booting.
Root passwd, user account, apt install.
Install sudo for wajig.
Package installs: exim4 (smarthost with no local delivery).
StartX (choosing defaults for setup) has no problems (initially vesa, then install the non-free fglrx driver).
Install kernel-image-2.6.11-1-686-smp. Set BIOS back to AHCI and in /etc/fstab change the /dev/hda to /dev/sda. Tell Grub to boot from /dev/sda3:
\# kopt_2_6=root=/dev/sda3 ro
With the BIOS back to AHCI we can now boot MS/Windows XP and GNU/Linux.