Installing kubuntu

Harry Vorstenbosch harry.vorstenbosch at
Fri Feb 3 14:37:15 UTC 2006

Dear Reader(s), and or dear Paul,

I have installed Ubuntu on a Gericom laptop in where previously,
WindowsXP was installed on /dev/hda1 with ntfs (5,9GB) and in where my
data drive /dev/hda2 (15,6 GB) (previously formatted with vfat) to
exchange data between Windows and SuSE linux on partition /dev/hda3
(102MB)as the BOOT partition and /dev/hda6 (5,4GB) as the ROOT partition
for SuSE 10.0. 
I converted, with SuSE, the vfat data drive to reiserfs later on to
exchange the data between Ubuntu and SuSE. At boot time I can choose
between SuSE (current default) and Ubuntu via GRUB.

I also replaced my FedoraCore4 installation with Ubuntu Breezy on my AMD
Athlon 64 bits machine in where WindowsXP with ntfs is installed
on /dev/hda1, and there are several partitions more, see next lines
which is my fstab file from SuSE 10.0. As you can see, WindowsXp
together with Ubuntu, SuSE 10.0 and SuSE 9.3 are all installed onto the
saame machine. Furthermore, I run a large vfat /dev/hdb6 partition were
I can exchange data between Windows and Linux and other machines in my
small private network. Inside the fstab file there are links to and from
other machines on my small (kingswood) network, so I can exchange files
between them using the SMB and/or the NFS file systems.
On the 64bits AMD machine I can choose for SuSE 10.0 (current default)
Ubuntu breezy, SuSE 9.3 and WindowsXP all of course via GRUB.

harry at darkstar:~> cat /etc/fstab
/dev/hda8       /       reiserfs        acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/hdb5       /suse93 reiserfs        defaults 1 2
/dev/hda6       /ubuntu/breezy  reiserfs        defaults 1 2
/dev/hda5       /ubuntu/start   reiserfs        defaults 1 2
/dev/hda1       /windows/C      ntfs    defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb6       /windows/E      vfat    defaults 0 0
/dev/hda7       swap    swap    defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb2       swap    swap    defaults 0 0
proc    /proc   proc    defaults 0 0
sysfs   /sys    sysfs   noauto 0 0
usbfs   /proc/bus/usb   usbfs   noauto 0 0
devpts  /dev/pts        devpts  mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
/dev/dvd        /media/dvd      subfs
noauto,fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/dvdram     /media/dvdram   subfs
noauto,fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
none    /subdomain      subdomainfs     noauto 0 0
obelix.kingwood:/home   /home/obelix    nfs     defaults 0 0
obelix.kingwood:/data2  /home/obelix/data2      nfs     defaults 0 0
obelix.kingwood:/data1  /home/obelix/data1      nfs     defaults 0 0
obelix.kingwood:/srv/ftp        /srv/ftp/obelix nfs     defaults 0 0
venus.kingwood:/data    /home/venus/data        nfs     defaults 0 0
venus.kingwood:/srv/ftp /srv/ftp/venus  nfs     defaults 0 0
harry at darkstar:~> 

Resume, If you stay attend at installation time you would be able to
install (K)Ubuntu the way you want, but be aware and take notice on my
earlier writings in where I pinpoint to the "other" mounted partitions.

On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 21:01 -0500, Paul Kaplan wrote:
> I would have assumed that the partition tool behaved the way you described.  
> My problem is that when I selected "manually partition", I was presented with 
> a screen asking if I wanted to reformat my 80G disk.  Shouldn't one of the 
> early screens show the existing partitions and ask me what to do with each 
> one?  AFAIK, the partitioning tool is simply not reporting the existence of 
> the partitions.
> According to all I've seen the Breezy installer detects the NTFS partition on 
> XP disks, but it's not detecting any reiserfs paritions on my disk.
> Still confused.
> Paul
> On Thursday 02 February 2006 08:34, Harry Vorstenbosch wrote:
> > Dear Reader(s),
> >
> > As far as I have experienced, you are able to manually perform the
> > partition table in where you can choose for formatting (with reiserfs)
> > your partition /dev/hda3 and qualified this disk(part) as "installable"
> > "root device" for Kubuntu. (Otherwise Kubuntu will mount /dev/hda1 as
> > your root partition for itself as the default root).
> >
> > You also will be able to define /dev/hda8 as a swap disk. (But (K)ubuntu
> > can make use of your already defined swap disk (after reformatting) of
> > your device /dev/hda5.)
> >
> > Inside the partition part you also will be able to define the other
> > partitions to be mounted (in fstab) as /dev/hda6 /home and /dev/hda7
> > as /home/photo. In that case you can manually edit the way it comes in
> > fstab and you can choose to KEEP the current file-system and do NOT
> > format but mount it as /dev/home etc.
> >
> > Via the grub menu you also will be able to define the current
> > "/" (/dev/hda1) as second or first bootable disk.
> > But you need to go through the partition menu, but be aware to keep the
> > current data drives, and mount them the way YOU want.
> >
> > The system goes writing the partition table only the way YOU want and if
> > you are not agreed with the (by yourself) suggested partition table you
> > just do it over again and again before you WRITE it.
> >
> > GoodLuck,
> >
> > Harry,
> >
> > All other disk On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 05:45 -0500, Paul Kaplan wrote:
> > > When I tried to install kubuntu onto a disk that has an existing Linux
> > > distro and already established (but empty) partitions, I got stuck at the
> > > partitioning menu.  None of the existing paritions are detected by the
> > > kubuntu installer.  The installer wants to reformat the whole disk.
> > >
> > > Here's my table:
> > >
> > > /dev/hda1	10G	reiserfs  existing /
> > > /dev/hda5	1G	swap
> > > /dev/hda6	10G	reiserfs existing /home
> > > /dev/hda7	20G	reiserfs existing /home/photos
> > > /dev/hda3	10G	reiserfs empty, intended for kubuntu /
> > > /dev/hda4	20G	reiserfs empty, intended for kubuntu /home
> > > /dev/hda8	1G	swap (intended for kubuntu
> > >
> > > What's wrong here?  How can I install kubuntu onto hda 3 & 4?
> > > TIA
> > > Paul

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