Murphy prohibits Ubuntu 9.04 installation
elmar at cmbi.ru.nl
Sat Jun 13 15:44:19 BST 2009
here is my feedback to help you improve Ubuntu:
*) In the boot menu of the Ubuntu 9.04 AMD64 CD, I chose to install
right away. I have ~12 different Linux partitions on my hard disk, so I
need to partition manually. This doesn't work however, because the
installer tries to display all 12 partitions, which exceeds the
horizontal screen resolution and makes all buttons on the right side
invisible and thus inaccessible. I did not try to press invisible
buttons randomly with <Tab> and <Return>, since that's suicide when
partitioning the harddisk ;-). If there are keyboard shortcuts to scroll
the screen horizontally, you really need to mention them.
*) 2nd try: I booted the life version from CD and clicked the 'Install'
icon. This gave me a short message like 'Could not run ubiquity,
Input/Output error'. This smelled like a CD problem, so I verified the
iso's md5sum and chose to verify the CD in the boot menu. No problems
*) 3rd try: I booted again the life version and clicked the 'Install'
icon again. Now ubiquity could be launched. The horizontal size of the
installation window was about two screens (remember, I got 12
partitions, and that blows it up), but at least the window could be
pulled around with the mouse, so the buttons could be made accessible.
Installation reached about 90%, then ubiquity crashed with the message
"Ubiquity closed unexpectedly...". Needless to say that this machine
with two Dual-Core Opterons is my rock-stable workstation, which doesn't
suffer from heat problems etc.
*) 4th try: Ubiquity crashed again at the same point around 90%.
*) Having given up on installation, I tried to reach my goal with just
the life version. First task: connect to the Internet with mobile HSDPA
(Huawei E220 modem). I was amazed to see the modem recognized, a
window offered me to select my provider. Mine wasn't there, so I picked
the closest in the same country. Got a message to click the 'wireless
icon' to connect. But this icon did not appear anywhere, so I gave up
and simply copied over my bash script for connecting manually. Running
this script gave 'wvdial not found, use apt-get...'. Unless Ubuntu 9.04
completely changed the infrastructure, this is amazing: wvdial, a tiny
but essential program to connect to the net, which is present by default
in all Linux distros I've seen so far, is missing, and I'm asked to
download it. Looks like a chicken&egg problem to me ;-)) I know space on
the CD is tight, but this seemed like the wrong program to leave out..
*) I thought about filing a bug report, but at
http://www.ubuntu.com/community/reportproblem I found a lengthy
explanation how to file bugs from within Ubuntu, which obviously doesn't
work without internet connection.
I posted this feedback hoping that the people in charge of the various
problem sections stumble across and find it useful. You don't have to
waste time helping me out, I booted to one of the other 12 partitions
and will be back to try the next Ubuntu release ;-)
Best regards and thanks for your efforts,
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