Re: What's the best way to test mainline Ubuntu without destroying my Kubuntu install?

Christopher Patti feoh at feoh.org
Wed Apr 17 16:30:46 UTC 2019


Thanks for your response.

Pardon the stupid question but will that overwrite my current GRUB configuration or simply add a new entry to boot Ubuntu/Gnome?

Or do I tell it to not write GRUB at all and somehow use the BIOS to boot that partition 'manually'?


On Wed, Apr 17, 2019, at 3:45 AM, Colin Law wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Apr 2019 at 23:11, Christopher Patti <feoh at feoh.org> wrote:
> >
> > So as I've whinged about extensively here and elsewhere, I had a terrible, terrible time trying and ultimately failing to get Ubuntu 18.04 and then 18.10 running on my Alienware 17 R5.
> >
> > I eventually settled on Kubuntu which works great.
> >
> > However, if I could I'd love to be able to be running mainline Ubuntu Gnome, especially with 19.04 coming.
> >
> > What's the best way for me to test whether that will actually work these days? Is a LiveCD with no installation enough? Clearly a VM isn't the way to go because then you're getting genericized virtual drivers and not the actual stuff you'd get were you to try to run the OS.
> >
> > So, livecd? Maybe something with containers? What's the best non  destructive way if it's possible at all?
> 
> Usually a live cd is enough, but to be absolutely certain then make a
> new partition on the disk (it only needs to be 10GB if space is an
> issue, probably even 5G would be enough to check it works) and install
> to that partition.  Then you can dual boot into one or the other.
> 
> Colin
> 
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