Thursday, 29 August 2013

Getting known with Linux

I think it's only natural that our first homework assignment in Linux course was to burn the disk image of Xubuntu on CD (or on memory stick) and test it. This is how it went for me.

Step 1 - The backup

Before starting the operation I want to make sure that if everything else goes wrong atleast I have my important files still left. I used my old but trusty Buffalo's external hard drive (250 Gt).

Step 2 - Downloading the operating system

I got my Xubuntu 13.04 torrent file simply from http://xubuntu.org/. I chose the 64 bit version and opened it in BitTorrent (http://www.bittorrent.com/) where I could start the download.


xubuntu.org
BitTorrent - Download done!

Step 3 - "Burning" the disk image

Since I didn't have empty 800mb cd's that the operation system needed I decided to use a memory stick.This method takes a little bit longer but it's definetly not hard.
First I needed to make my USB memory stick bootable so I downloaded a software called UNetboot.
This software is designed to create bootable USB drives for Linux distributions without burning a CD and it actually already gives me some options of the these distributions (for example Salix, Puppy Linux, Ubuntu...).  I wanted to use my already downloaded ISO file so I selected it from my own computer files.



After the installation UNetboot recommends me to restart the computer so I can test my new operation system.

Step 4 - Testing Xubuntu

While restarting my computer I pressed ESC key untill I saw the computer giving me option entering to the BIOS by pressing F2. I managed to get myself into the Boot Manager.

From there I navigated to my memory stick (EFI USB1 PATH1 (Generic Flash Disk)) and chose to "try Xubuntu without installing" (I also had an option to install Xubuntu on my computer immediately).

After 2 minutes I was already in and could start testing my new Xubuntu. First I opened the internet browser and made a small google search about cute dogs. I was also wondering around in this new invironment and really tried to get used to it. Everything seemed to go very well and so far without problems (this can't be a good sign, right? ;)). This whole process took about 1 hour and 35 minutes.

System information
OS: Windows 8 64bit
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Model: Inspiron 3721
BIOS: A05
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3337U CPU @ 1.80GHz (4 CPUs), ~~1,8GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM

Sources:
http://xubuntu.org/, http://www.bittorrent.com/, http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/, http://www.dell.com/

Pictures and text: Carola Wennermark.

Based on Linux course by Tero Karvinen (http://terokarvinen.com/)