Installing Kubuntu Dapper Drake
Today I decided to install Kubuntu Dapper Drake from scratch. While I have been running versions for months this is my first full install of the final release.
I downloaded and burned the DVD version. I booted it up on my old IBM T20 ThinkPad. My first surprise was that it was taking a long time to start up. Eventually, I understood why. It is really a live CD that gets itself up and running with no user questions. That surprised me but what surprised me more was the Install icon on the desktop. Ok, I get it now.
I clicked on the icon and the questions started. Installation language was first. Next, a world map titled Where are you? appeared for you to pick your location so you can set the timezone. Cute. I settled on Costa Rica (because I am ignoring Nicaragua's "new time") and went on to the next step. Keyboard layout.
Next a page of questions: your name, login you want, password and computer name. Another surprise: I entered fyl as my login name and it picked fyl-laptop as my computer name. Now, I didn't tell it that this was a laptop. Pretty cool.
The fifth screen was potentially the most complicated: Prepare disk space. But, the default was use the entire disk. I picked manually edit and did it my way. But, the default would have probably been fine. Even partitioning was easy with a GUI-based editor.
Next, I picked mount points and said I wanted the partitions formatted. Again, will pull-down lists and check-boxes. No surprises here either. This was just getting too easy. The final menu was no exception. It was just a summary of what I had picked. I clicked Install.
Dialog boxes appeared telling me what was happening such as creating the file partitions. Thus, I knew something was happening and if the details mattered, they were there. If you don't care you just know the system didn't crash.
Once the installer got to copying files it told me it had about eight minutes left to complete. Considering the speed of this laptop, I was pretty happy and went to writing this information.
During the install step I noticed two strange things. The first was that the remaining time would sometimes go up. More disturbing, the clock on the desktop was wrong. I attribute this to the fact that the desktop was up before the installer asked for timezone information so there is no reason to expect it to be updated but it did make me think for a bit. Well, down to 20 seconds so I will stop writing for a while.
More dialogs telling me that various things were getting configured. Then, a warning that said "Cannot access security updates". Sounds scary but as this distribution was just released, there probably aren't any. So, not scared yet. (Subsequently realized this was because the other end of the ethernet cable wasn't connected.)
The next dialog offered a choice. Either continue running the system from the live CD or reboot the new system. I picked reboot. After the reboot and login, the time was correct including, apparently, going to an NTP server to get the actual time as the clock was a few minutes off. Starting up Konqueror and going to www.tuxmagazine.com showed that the network got automatically configured correctly including the plug-in wireless card.
This story is about an installation so I will stop writing now. To me, the bottom like is that people can no longer say "I can't figure out how to install Linux".