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Installing ubuntu (11.10)

  1. New HDD was cut into two partitions and win xp was installed on one.
  2. Ubuntu was installed off a USB stick "Install alongside Win XP" was chosen. This correctly used the empty (unformatted) partition for Linux, with appropriate swap space choice.
  3. Ssh needs to be installed - can be installed through the package manager. I used a metapackage to install both client and server. The changes took effect immediately (no restart or manually starting server). I went from not being able to ssh into the machine from my mac to being able to.
  4. Python 2.6 comes installed
  5. sudo apt-get python-pip
  6. sudo pip install ipython
  7. sudo apt-get install python-matplotlib
  8. The Unity Launcher cannot be configured to be at the bottom. Idiots.
  9. sudo apt-get install aptitude
  10. install kubuntu-desktop via aptitude (picked kdm as display manager)
  11. Muon package manager has authentication problems (can't authenticate - Muon creator says it is a policykit problem). Idiots
  12. Uninstall KDE and go back to Unity: follow the instructions here. (This is important)
  13. (sudo apt-get autoremove because it told me to)

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