Rezaf Diary

I'll write about my daily life, as a PhD Student at the University of Illinois. I'll put some photos from my town, Urbana, and some music.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Struggling with Ubuntu 6.06

Thanks God it's the thanks giving break, otherwise I'd been so busted! I've been trying to install Ubuntu linux 6.06 (Dapper Drake) on a VIA Epia based mother board (with a 667 Mhz Eden fanless processor, sweeeet piece of technology!) with a 1 Giga byte compact flash card as its hard drive, and as such I had to use the server edition of Ubuntu (since the desktop version wouldn't event try to install unless you have more than 2 GB of free hard drive, and I intend to use this computer as a server anyway). The installation process gets finished painlessly, but then the installed system wouldn't boot. After showing the message: "uncompressing linux ... ready to boot", the system just freezes. Damn...
My (10-hours) online search resulted in believing that there is something wrong with the initrd initiating process. But before doing something as insane as downloading (gasp!) slackware linux, I came across a small post in a forum with a user with the same problem. Somebody had posted in reply that with installing the server edition from the alternative Ubuntu CD, the problem would be solved. So, right now I'm downloading it. I would be extremely happy (and yet totally quizzed) if it works.

I'll keep you in touch, now it's time for sleep!

Updated on 11/20/2006:
WooHoo! Ubuntu dapper drake server edition got installed. As I said earlier, the alternative CD should have been used. Now that's strange; well, not that much, it's kind of the common case in linux world. Even a very well polished linux distro like Ubuntu has these problems.
Any way, my new (fanless, dead quiet) server is running in a cardboard box! I'll post a picture of it in my next post.

Note: Click on the photos to enlarge them.

If you feel interested in any of them and want to get the original file, please don't hesitate to email me!


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