A day with Ubuntu
by Yi Zhang
I am not new to Ubuntu, however, from last night to this morning, I’ve been wrestling with 12.04 LTS with cursing, to myself and this distro. Here’s what happened.
I used to use 10.04, so this time when I got a new laptop, latest version is a go-to. First, I tried wubi (my previous Ubuntu was installed through Live CD, so this was the first time I experience wubi), Ubuntu’s windows installer and virtual disk builder. The whole thing was seamless and nice, except…. wubi didn’t remind me this is a virtual disk installation, and the 18G virtual disk was quickly depleted. And here’s the message: I would really appreciate a heads-up about the nature of the virtual installation (Silly me, I was actually wondering why Ubuntu recognized NTFS in the first place).
So much for the test experience.
Next step would be to install Ubuntu through a Live CD. Since installation instruction makes it clear that a USB drive would do the work, I decided not to bother burning a CD. This turns out to be an unwise move: I got “multiple active partition” error when I was using USB boot. Apparently either the BIOS or the windows system checks the partition flags (and yes I’ve checked the BIOS partition setting, it didn’t help).
I had to burn a Live CD.
Boot from CD, everything looked fine, until the installation started and crashed. Google told me ubiquity is buggy and I had to do
sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu ubiquity --no-migration-assitant
to bypass the bug(s).
OK, now I have a working Ubuntu, yeah! Wait, what’s that?
“E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.”
So I had to this to fix the update manager.
Message I got from the past 24 hours? Jamie Zawinski had said all: “Linux is only free if your time has no value”.