"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 on Veriton S661 (Full Install)


It's time of major upgrades for my desktop computer: I just bought a graphics card and a bigger hard-drive. Knowing I was going to hardware-upgrade kept me from upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 as soon as it's been made available. I was going soon to have to install it on the new drive.
To be precise I didn't exactly put the new drive on my desktop computer: I bought a new 1TB hard-drive I put on my NAS. It's the 500GB drive I previously used in the NAS the one I placed in the desktop.
So, after copying all the data to the new drive I booted from a USB drive and I begun to install.

Partitioning the disk

I've never been a many-partitions advocate but, with a 500GB disk, some partitioning is needed. I decided to partition the disk with GParted before starting the installation. I split the disk in two partitions of about a one-to-four ratio plus a little 5GB partition to be used as swap.
since I use my desktop computer mostly for home video and slide-shows editing the bigger partition will be destined to be mounted as /home folder.


Installing

I then started the install program, everything has been straight-forward apart, of course, the install disk selection. Since the old disk was still attached to the computer Ubuntu installation offered to upgrade the old installation or to wipe it out. I selected instead the “Something else” option.
this brought me to the partition selection and editing utility
here I selected the partitions I had already prepared (in the “sda” disk) and set the mount point using the “Change ...” button.
The rest of the installation proceeded with other straight-forward steps like the country and keyboard selection and user-name and password choice. The installation process started by copying required files.
in a handful of minutes I had my new Ubuntu installation reedy.

What's next

My new Ubuntu installation works fine. I'm now going to copy all the data from the old disk home folder and to install all applications I need starting from the Gnome Desktop.