I know it’s supposed to be easy but this is driving me up the wall. My only experience with Linux is in fact with Unix over 12 years ago and I didn’t do too much techie with that.
I have two questions. Why does the Ubuntu installer seem desirous of partioning the drive I want to install on into 21GB and 56GB? Why? I thought I could just stick the bloody thing onto /dev/sda(1?) and be done.
The second one is my real buggerator though. I had previously installed (sort of - it crashed towards the end) SuSE. Well, I decided against that and went Ubuntu. That crashed umpteen times - faulty CD writer (on another computer) or CD drive (on this one) - sorting that conundrum . This left the HD a right mess. So I use a USB stick with Ubuntu on to install and it all goes swimmingly. I selected the “erase all” so imagine my horror on reboot and I have a fully functional SuSE 11.4 with that fucking chameleon grinning at me! So, that is the first time (recall it crashed on installation (the dodgy disk/opti drive issue I mentioned no doubt) I have had SuSE on the machine. Also had the weird and unbidden partioning.
SW: Ubuntu 11.10, SuSE 11.4, USB stick install.
HW: XP3000+, 2GB DDR, Geforce MX400 64MB (not that that should matter), 74GB striped RAID (2x WD Raptors), 80GB Maxtor on IDE.
I am now trying an install on the Maxtor (which is of cause not as fast) as a temporary measure in the hope of purging completely the WD array and starting again… Or something.
I’d be happy to just know if any of you Linuxites know what the hell I’m talking about. Like I said I’m buggering about in the dark here so obviously I’m not reporting this right.