Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon A Joy Once Installed

Ubuntu LogoTonight I made the switch from Fedora to the latest version of Ubuntu, 7.10, dubbed “Gutsy Gibbon.” I have long been a Fedora user over Ubuntu for the simple fact that the Fedora worked better “out-of-the-iso” in terms of supporting my hardware — an old Sony Vaio VGN-S480P. However, given some recent issues with configuring the wireless adapter, coupled with the fact that I had installed an older version of Ubuntu a few years ago and wireless worked instantly, I decided to give it a go.

I downloaded the Ubuntu ISO and burned the image to a blank CD using Alex Feinman’s ISO Recorder. Everything up until this point worked like a charm and I booted up the Ubuntu Live CD to the desktop.

Older Ubuntu Live CDs had failed to even reach the desktop on this old Vaio, so already I was making much more progress than in the past. Once on the desktop, I was able to connect to my wireless network and I got a warm, fuzzy feeling inside that this would be the one. Then things took a turn south.

After testing the wireless I double-clicked the “Install” icon on the desktop to put Ubuntu on the hard drive for good. Navigating through the on-screen menus and selecting my preferences was no problem, it’s once the actual process started that problems arose.

Without getting into too much detail, basically the install froze during the installation at 5% and wouldn’t budge. To make a long story short, the problem was with the ntfs-3g driver during the ext3 formatting step. After a rather extensive investigation into the Ubuntu support archives and The Google, I discovered a few solutions which somehow, some way fixed the issue. I’m not sure exactly which command got the installer to stop hiccuping and complete the installation, but the two I used were:

killall -9 <ntfs-3g process>

rm -rf *

Maybe I needed only one, maybe both, I have no idea. But I do know that now it works, and I encourage anyone having similar problems to use these commands as a starting point for your research into a fix.

Once I got past that the rest of the install was a breeze. The computer booted up no problem and has been running like an absolute gem for a few hours now.

The GUI Add/Remove Software application is simply awesome, and made getting Flash, MP3 support, and many other items a breeze.

Now that Gutsy Gibbon is up and running you can expect some Linux-related posts in the future, I just wanted to check in with you all and say a few words about my installation troubleshooting experience.

To end with, here is a screen shot of my current Ubuntu desktop:

ubuntu desktop screen shot

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