Installing 64studio 3.0

Submitted by Tim on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 18:25

Right, so I rebooted my computer with the 64 Studio installer in the DVD drive.

The Ubuntu splash screen came up immediately. So we are using the Ubuntu installer. It all runs very fast off the DVD, so I was ready to start partitioning in no time at all.

I decided to do manual partitioning as my partitions need sorting out.
First I blew away the eight redundant partitions.
I notice as I'm doing this that the numbers of the partitions are changing. I'd better remember to make a note of their new values as I change them. Great, I now have 72.5GB free space. That should be enough, in fact I probably won't use it all as it can be very useful to have a bit of free space if I want to reorganise my partitions later. I put my new /home partition at the end of the free space as I have decided that all my personal data should go at the end of the drive and the operating system at the beginning. I'm hoping this will make upgrades easier in future. I know I already have a 2GB swap partition, so there probably isn't much point creating another, so I mounted that as well.

Now I have to do the really scary bit and write the changes out to the disk. I hope I'm not going to regret this ...
Oh hang on, must write down the changes first ...

/dev/hda (aka /dev/sda) now looks like this ...

#1   ext3 B  1GB    /
#9   ext3     1GB    /tmp
#10 ext3     3GB    /var
#11 ext3 12.5GB   /usr
#12 ext3    40GB   /home
#5   ext3    20GB  ~/music
#6   ext3    20GB  ~/masters
#7   ext3    10GB  ~/bak
#8   ext3    41GB  ~/audio

I got a weird error about informing the kernel about changes to /dev/sdb16, which is strange because I didn't touch that partition, changes in nomenclature notwithstanding. Good, now I get lots of time to type up my notes on the laptop, while the system gets installed.

The option to configure Language support is a nice new touch. It hasn't asked for a root password. So you lied about having got rid of all the nasty Ubuntu customisations then. Note to self: do $ sudo passwd as soon as the installation is done. Anyway, we're now into Select and install software, so far so good. After a moment of saying 'Please wait', the system is now ripping through the pile of packages at an alarming velocity, it's at 25% already and I haven't even managed to make a cup of tea yet, hang on!

Well, just enough time to make a cuppa, but only just and the installer is Installing GRUB, let's hope it recognises my old install, so I can boot into that if I need to. And now it's finishing the installation. That took an hour all told.

All the kernels on /dev/hdb were correctly recognised, good.
I notice some error about kernel maps protect ... too fast to read all of it as usual. And we're into GDM at some horrible resolution, probably because I'm using an extremely old video card. Have to do some tweaking. The new kernel boots fast that's for sure. The great thing about having my whole old install on the other drive is that I can just copy & paste the configuration over in most cases.

This install has a weird hostname. Hmm that'll have to be corrected. First I'll do:

$ sudo passwd

And give root a proper password.

# nano /etc/hostname

Next I need to edit /etc/fstab to mount all my old partitions on /mnt/. Good job I made notes eh? Oh, hang on. Whose idea was it to make this approach user-unfriendly? What are all these UUIDs about? Let's see if I can get away with ignoring them. Also, trying to edit this in nano is too annoying. I have to install nedit and lastfm. Lastfm is vital for configuration, you understand? I would just like to confirm for those doubters, it is the correct version of the lastfm player and it worked without any messing about! cool! OK, it looks like the UUIDs are for the special devices /dev/sda* etc. It is possible to use /dev/hda* as usual. Good now I can access my data and get some music playing. Hooray!

Next, I'll move the old xorg conf out of the way:

# mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.270709

then copy over my old one:

# cp /mnt/etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf

So now it's time to visit and see how this compares to what the manual says. I'll copy over my bookmarks to save trying to remember web addresses. This involves importing my old bookmarks.html into Firefox (real Firefox, yay!) and then copying the contents of the 'Personal Toolbar' folder into 'Bookmarks Toolbar'. This is the point where you see how many passwords you can remember. What do you mean you didn't write them down? No, neither did I. I call it natural selection.

Before I do that I want to make these changes stick. I know I should be able to do this without rebooting but sometimes it's so much easier. All that configuring took me another hour and a half. OK, I'll see you in the next posting. Probably time for some dinner first. Hmm, the log out and shutdown functions are all in one one now, that's sensible.