[nSLUG] Dal-ACM Linux Installfest~ RSVP

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Mon Jan 8 20:46:40 AST 2007

Hi Jack,

Great to hear from you!

So you've moved on from your good ole Libranet, I see.

Actually, I hope not to be concerned about separate O/S partitioning
because I want a fully dedicated Linux drive in this two-drive box.
Windows on the other drive...at least for a little while. This one I
want as 2nd computer at work, to gently introduce some of my
Windows-stuck colleagues to the Linux desktop.

I might bring another box, also with two drives, but SCSI, an old
server (PIII/933). This one is funky for me-->I was able to install
Debian Sarge from scratch, but nothing else--Mepis and Ubuntu and
Debian Etch, none of which would recognize these drives during
installations. I realize I could have done a dist-upgrade with the
Debian but I purposely wanted to try the Etch installer...no luck.  I
was stymied.

Anyhoo, look forward to seeing you at the 'fest.


On 1/8/07, Jack Warkentin <jwark at eastlink.ca> wrote:
> Hi Bob
> I have a laptop with a similar processor that I am planning on
> bringing to the Installfest. I had lots of problems finding and
> installing a suitable distro on it (the main problem was, finding a
> Debian-based distro that was new enough to support the wireless card)
> but I now have Kubuntu 6.06 installed, which I am so far reasonably
> happy with. I installed it by downloading the dvd iso image from the
> Kubuntu web site, writing the dvd and proceeding.
> The most time consuming part was partitioning the hard drive. I had
> three other distros on the machine that I wanted to preserve. The dvd
> has a live mode which I successfully used, with parted, to
> repartition the drive (including lots of shrinking and moving around)
> while preserving the other distros.
> The major problem I had during the actual install occurred because
> ReiserFs was not one of the file system types allowed by the
> graphical installer, so I had to revert to the Debian text mode
> installer and so missed out on all of the Kubuntu installation
> goodies.
> On a system with two hard drives and operating systems on each one, I
> usually try to put the swap space on the alternate drive to avoid a
> lot of seeking.
> If you could get your partitioning done before the Installfest it
> could save a lot of time. Does your machine have a dvd writer? I made
> most of my partitions slightly larger than the 4.7 G size of a dvd to
> make backups easier.
> Regards
> Jack
> On Thursday 04 January 2007 20:25, Robert Ashley wrote:
> > I'd like to come to the installfest on the 27th.
> >
> > I picked up the box below and like to get 1 of the two drives loaded
> > with Linux. I'm thinking about Debian Etch but I'll try anything.
> > I'll probably need to put Windows on the second hard drive, for
> > awhile.
> >
> > AMD 64 Bit System
> >
> > - Amd64 3200+ CPU(Socket 754) on an MSI MS-7135 Motherboard(NEW).
> > It has an AGP and a PCI Express Slot !!
> Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
> 39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6
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