newbie installation question

Tena Sakai sakaitena at
Wed Jun 3 18:21:52 UTC 2009

Hi Shanon,

Many thanks!  That's a great info.


--- On Wed, 6/3/09, Shannon McMackin <smcmackin at> wrote:

From: Shannon McMackin <smcmackin at>
Subject: Re: newbie installation question
To: ubuntu-users at
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 11:15 AM

On 06/03/2009 11:43 AM, Tena Sakai wrote:
> Hi Karl,
> No, sourceforge had a problem, but it had nothing to
> do with ubuntu. Earlier, while I was unable to create
> a bootable cd/dvd, someone suggested to use something
> else. This something else was a software which in turn
> goes to download whatever the list of software it knows
> to handle (one of which is ubuntu). As I downloaded
> that software from sourceforge, I couldn't execute it.
> Vista said it was not executable, or words to that effect.
> After I read what Vince wrote, I went to:
> to download the image, as suggested by Vince, and
> that image was fine and I was able to burn CD with it.
> At the outset, I did go to:
> and chose desktop edition. Then it gave me a whole
> bunch of choice as to download site all over the world.
> I chose a site geographically not far from where I am.
> But in the hindsight I think this site had wrong image
> in the wrong folder and I, being a trusting person, down-
> loaded that (wrong) image twice.
> Perhaps, there ought to be a sign in a large font to
> alert folks that a) the size of image one winds up should
> be xxx mb and b) one must burn CD, not DVD. It would
> be good if there is a way to check what one receives is
> correct one or otherwise by something like MD5 or GPG.
> Just my two bits.
> Thank you for your concern. I appreciate it.
> Tena
> --- On *Wed, 6/3/09, Karl F. Larsen /<klarsen1 at>/* wrote:
>     From: Karl F. Larsen <klarsen1 at>
>     Subject: Re: newbie installation question
>     To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions"
>     <ubuntu-users at>
>     Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 4:58 AM
>     Tena Sakai wrote:
>      > Hi,
>      >
>      >
>      >
>      >> 1 -
>      >>
>      >
>      > I am not sure what you mean by "use a usb key". But I
>      > downloaded the file from sourceforge and try to run it.
>      > Here's what it told me:
>      > "C:\Users\blablabla\unetbootin-windows-344.exe is not
>      > a valid Win32 application.
>      >
>      > I am starting to feel that there is a conspiracy from microsoft
>      > and they want to stop me from using linux at any cost.
>      >
>      > Tena
>      >
>      >
>     No the conspiracy is caused by your obtaining Ubuntu from
>     Sourceforge. That is not the proper source for Ubuntu. You need to
>     delete the iso file you got from Sourceforge, and get the iso file from
>     the Ubuntu web page at:
>     and get the Desktop version that is just a few bytes smaller than 700
>     MBytes :-)
>     Sorry you have to D/L another monster :-)
>     73 Karl
>     --
>     Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
>     Linux User
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There's a file in the download directory for every ISO image called a 
checksum.  The untrusting types can download the checksum and run a 
command to verify it against the ISO image and make sure they have a 
complete image.  I am a trusting type like you and don't bother with 
that.  it is important to consider this as an option if you question 
your network stability which can lead to corruption over longer download 

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