Xubuntu 9.04 Alt CD Installation

The Jaunty Jakalope has arrived, so I thought I would document my installation of the Xubuntu Alt CD version, which came down on the torrent earlier.

PC specs, Shuttle FN45 Mobo Athlon XP 1.4 overclocked to 1.9 with 1GB unmatched RAM, 250 GB HDD, multi booting with 8.10 and Arch

Start the Clock!


Boot up with the CD

Choose English, then press Enter for the default install of Xubuntu

Selected GB keyboard using defaults

Pick a name for your installation

Chose Manual partitioning (due to multi-boot environment) and went for Ext3 file system, and one partition for the whole install, but using the shared swap at the end of the drive.


Installing the base system


Set up a single user and password
(good to see Ubuntu has finally put in a check for weak passwords, but lets you have one nevertheless!)


Configuring apt / Scanning the mirror
(this always takes an age on my PCs, probably doesn’t help that I am torrenting the other 9.04 isos I need elsewhere on the LAN!)


Phew, finally, it takes so long you think the Pc has frozen, but be patient.
Select and install software

Done 60% after 10 minutes


Install GRUB Boot Loader

I like my grub from IBEX, so will install this GRUB to the install partition


Installation Complete

CD ejected, ready for reboot!

First Boot Times:

From Boot to Grub                   16.8 seconds

From Grub to GDM                   26.5 seconds

From Grub to Desktop             13.3 seconds

TOTAL                                      56.6 seconds

(A fully loaded Arch does this in 35 seconds, so given that the Boot to Grub time doesn’t change, Arch is still ahead on boot,something I was expecting to be faster on 9.04?)

Now it’s only been up a few hours and we already have 6 updates, all to do with Firefox.

Adventures in Arch Linux

Been an Ubuntu fan for over three years, but have always tried out the other distros. Until now I was not ready to try out Arch, it looked to geeky and to difficult, but Ubuntu/Xubuntu was starting to get to bulky and bloated, and I had started to lean towards lightweight installations, and console programs as a resource.

So Arch it had to be. I downloaded the latest release for hard drive installation, the core version from here, created a spare partition on my hard drive and set to..

I am not going to go through all the installation and configuration, just those points that I had to work at. For full details read and follow the Arch Beginners Guide. Continue reading

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Cooking up SLiTaz on my Dell Latitude Cpt -C 333 Laptop

Hopefully found a lightweight enough solution to running my ancient laptop. Even a cli base install of xubuntu followed up with openbox it just too heavy. Found SLiTaz, which offered me a new learning curve too! Once you get into it, things are really easy, and as long as you don’t expect an ubuntu sized repository…..



SLiTaz cooking iso dated 20090228 (much improved desktop interface over version 1.0 20080322) Continue reading

NASLite-NFS revisited

I am a great fan of NFS, and having moved most of my PCs over to linux, use NFS exclusively on my ubuntu based servers. Found my open source floppy of NASLite-NFS yesterday and threw it at a virtual machine just for fun. The installation and setup reminded me just how easy it is to get going, and to end up with a fully fledged NFS file server on your LAN.

Security isn’t great, you’ll have to run behind a LAN and firewall to prevent unauthorised access, but I have found nothing much better for turning a cruddy old PC into something useful. Continue reading