If you want to dual boot a laptop between Ubuntu and Windows, there is video documentation if you google 'youtube dual boot ubuntu'. I have seen Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 successfully shrink the partitions and create boot menu entries for both Windows XP and Vista. I expect this still works with 8.10. During the first boot of XP or Vista after shrinking the partition, it does a filesystem consistency check, then reboots and it's fine.
Run the disk defragmenter before shrinking the XP or Vista partition. This may take most of an hour to run. Menu paths to defragmenters are: XP: [path goes here] Vista: [path goes here]. The first boot of Windows after Ubuntu resizes it, checkdisk runs, but doesn't report any errors. Don't hit any key, and let it run.
A Vista machine only a month old was using 15 Gig of disk. Here's how to shrink overly enthusiastic use of disk space for system restore points:
You can set up wireless networking from the top-bar menu System -> Administration -> Network -> Wireless connection. After you enable the wireless interface in Ubuntu, start a Firefox browser and log in with your Gatorlink to enable the wireless connection.log in to the user account you created during the install
Now add updates made since the cd. Download this script, make it executable with "chmod +x ubuntu-cd-updates-intrepid.sh", and run it in the Terminal window you did sudo in with "./ubuntu-cd-updates-intrepid.sh". If you have flaky wireless access at home that interrupts this script in the middle, it is safe to rerun this script, which will pick up where it left off.sudo -i # give your personal login password
ubuntu-cd-updates-intrepid.shThere may be a popup asking for a reboot, or the menu bar in the upper-right may show a blue circle formed by two arrow heads. If so, do the reboot with:
If you rebooted:System -> Quit -> Restart
Now add applications most everyone will want:log in to the user account you created during the install sudo -i # give your personal login password
Some R packages may be installed as "apt-get install r-cran-PACKAGE_NAME", but not enough of them are available. Instead, install R packages using the native R install feature:Populate /usr/local/share/texmf with letterhead. Environment variables that you want to be set under the window system, so that programs started from the window manager menus get them, should be set with "export TEXMF=blah" in ~/.profile. This works even if you use tcsh. Use LC_COLLATE=POSIX to switch back to the old sort order of capital letters first.
ubuntu-r-packages-intrepid.shHere are some more packages which appeal to me:
Thunderbird config for eelpout, see: http://www.stat.ufl.edu/system/imap.bb.shtmlSystem -> Preferences -> Windows -> Window Selection -> Select windows when the mouse moves over them Titlebar Action -> Roll up System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts -> Subpixel smoothing (LCDs) then Details -> Hinting -> Full System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Visual Effects -> None System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Window Management -> Raise obscured window, otherwise lower -> Left Windows Key (Super L) $ gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs --type string $ gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces 4 --type int firefox URL "about:config" search middlemouse middlemouse.contentLoadURL toggle to true System -> Administration -> Printing add local printer set as default per user
The new system administrator of a personally maintained system should skim through this document for everything that seems relevant: http://ubuntuguide.org
Ubuntu questions may be asked of more experienced users on this forum: http://www.ubuntuforums.org
To add other software, start the gui package manager and add other things that seem attractive. Note: Synaptic locks the package system, and you can't use apt-get when Synaptic is running, even if you haven't asked for any operations to be performed.
System-> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager upper right panel gives list of packages, check square on left side of line, do 'mark for installation' do Apply from top menu bar
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