Installing "Feisty Fawn" (Shallow Thoughts)

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Sat, 12 May 2007

Installing "Feisty Fawn"

I finally found some time to try the latest Ubuntu, "Feisty Fawn", on my desktop machine.

I used a xubuntu alternate installer disk, since I don't need the gnome desktop, and haven't had much luck booting from the Ubuntu live CDs lately. (I should try the latest, but my husband had already downloaded and burned the alternate disk and I couldn't work up the incentive to download another disk image.

The early portions of the install were typical ubuntu installer: choose a few language options, choose manual disk partitioning, spend forever up- and down-arrowing through the partitioner trying to persuade it not to automount every partition on the disk (after about the sixth time through I gave up and just let it mount the partitions; I'll edit /etc/fstab later) then begin the install.

Cannot find /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic
update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-2.6.0-15-generic

Couldn't install grub, and warning direly, "This is a fatal error".

But then popcorn on #linuxchix found Ubuntu bug 37527. Turns out the problem is due to using an existing /boot partition, which has other kernels installed. Basically, Ubuntu's new installer can't handle this properly. The workaround is to go through the installer without a separate /boot partition, let it install its kernels to /boot on the root partition (but don't let it install grub, even though it's fairly insistent about it), then reboot into an old distro and copy the files from the newly-installed feisty partition to the real /boot. That worked fine.

The rest of the installation was smooth, and soon I was up and running. I made some of my usual tweaks (uninstall gdm, install tcsh, add myself to /etc/password with my preferred UID, install fvwm and xloadimage, install build-essentials and the zillion other packages needed to compile anything useful) and I had a desktop.

Of course, the adventure wasn't over. There was more fun yet to come! But I'll post about that separately.

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