v6.06 CD installation problems

Joe Hart j.hart at hccnet.nl
Thu Jul 6 20:31:55 UTC 2006

marc wrote:
> First, the installation process only being possible from within a Live 
> CD boot is strange and a bit tedious. Why is there no install option 
> from the menu after booting?
Not with the CD that you have.  There is an alternate CD that has the 
same installer that Breezy used, and it allows for more options that the 
"Live" installer (which is indeed primitive).

> Next, the disk setup process needs clearer descriptions to cover the 
> options. I had no problem doing a DIY, since I wanted to use an unused 
> Debian partition, but had I not known what I was being asked, then I 
> doubt that I could have understood it from the scribblings.
Partitioning the disks is one of the most difficult things for new linux 
users to understand.  It's not something that the average user ever 
does.  Most people come from the windows world with just a C: drive.  If 
they do have a D:, then it's usually created by the manufacture.

I agree that the installer is a bit terse on explaining things, but you 
(and anyone else) could just pick the option to use the whole disk.
> During the installation, at the 'Ready to install' stage, a message box 
> appears saying 'Scanning the mirror'. Some explanation might be useful 
> at this point. In any case, this step never got beyond 1%, and there are 
> no options present to cancel it. After a while I closed the box, at 
> which point, the only option is to cancel the installation - which is 
> kind of discouraging, since no feedback regarding any problem was 
> forthcoming.
> The same 'Scanning the mirror' box appeared and sat at 1% - I presume 
> that it wants an Internet connection, but nothing appeared to indicate 
> or request this.
> So, what's the trick to install Kubuntu from the CD?
Yes, it's looking for the Internet.  It's wants to check to see if your 
country has a mirror (copy) of the archives.  It checks the mirror for 
updates to the CD (I think).

You shouldn't need a network connection to install, but I think the 
installer just assumes you have a dhcp server sitting nearby and it will 
configure your network card and set up your internet for you.  Almost 
everyone who has broadband access has a DHCP server built into the 
router that they use to connect, so this assumption isn't totally 
without merit.

In any event, it sounds to me like you want the Alternate Install CD, 
which you can download from:


Of course that's just one of the mirrors.  There are literally hundreds 
of mirrors to choose from.

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