formatting hard disk..what do I not know?

Munroe Sollog sollog at
Fri Apr 25 19:55:33 BST 2008

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It is an error.  If you are familiar with *nix you might want try the
alternate installer (there is a check box on the download page).  It
is ncurses based and tends to be a little less buggy.  However, the
very existence of Ubuntu is focused toward making intelligent
decisions for the user so the user doesn't have to know what gparted
is, or even what a partition is.

Munroe Sollog
Systems Engineer
Digirati Consulting, Inc
sollog at

Paderick Lundy wrote:
> I have used Unix since 1986 and I have installed many, many copies
> of Unix/Linux over the past years but this Unbuntu installation has
>  me stumped, perhaps someone can point me to some information that
> explains my problem.
> First I downloaded the newest version Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server
> Edition.  When I try to partition the hard drives in my box (SATA
> 320GB and SATA 74GB)  I get a screen that tells me the root
> partition that I had tried to format to a size of 500MB must be at
> least 19 GB.  I ran linux/Unix root partitions of 50 MB for years,
> what gives that I need 19 GB?
> Next I created a partition of 3 GB on the second HD for swap and
> the software gave me another error message that this was not
> permissible.
> I guess my real question is;  has the Linux community gotten to the
>  point where a user cannot or does not have the freedom to
> configure their own equipment the way they please or is this
> version going in the direction of Mickey$oft and making all of the
> decisions for the user?
> This post is not meant to be a flame, I have been away from Linux
> for awhile, have a spare machine and decided to see what's new in
> Linux.  I need some reorientation and I would appreciate a link
> that will explain the design philosophy behind this version of
> Linux since it's popularity would appear that it is the Leading
> version of Linux.
> Thank you,
> -- Joseph Patrick Ryan
> The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other
> man in your field - and keep on doing it. Wilfred A. Peterson
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