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Installing Ubuntu ( training videos)

By Robin "roblimo" Miller on July 06, 2006 (8:00:00 AM)

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In our first set of training videos we showed you how to download Ubuntu GNU/Linux and run it from a CD without installing it. Today, in two short videos, we install Ubuntu on our hard drive.

About the videos: They're in AVI format, encoded with the free XviD codec, compatible with media players available for almost all popular desktop PC operating systems. If -- and this is unlikely -- your computer does not have the XviD codec installed, you can get it here or through your favorite free operating system's software repository. Windows and Mac users can find easy-to-install XviD binaries here.

Video 1
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Video 2
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Future videos will include:

  • More Ubuntu instructions (how to update and administer, install and remove software, etc.)
  • Similar coverage of most popular GNU/Linux distributions
  • Linux application software reviews and instructions
This is an ever-evolving experiment. We welcome your comments and suggestions, either posted below or sent via email to robin at roblimo dot com

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Re:Why not use Ogg Theora?

Posted by: roblimo on July 07, 2006 01:53 AM
The GPL-licensed XviD codec has, so far, given us greater clarity per MB of file size than we've managed to get using Theora, and rendering AVI/XviD takes no extra production steps.

- Robin


Re:Why not use Ogg Theora?

Posted by: roblimo on July 07, 2006 11:51 PM
We may end up using Flash for most people and posting Ogg links for the few who can't or won't use Flash. This would increase rendering and upload time considerably, so it may not be a practical solution. We'll see.

Meanwhile, please accept my apologies for using a GNU-licensed compression codec that isn't to your taste or that isn't included in your favorite distro by default (although I assure you xvid is readily available for Red Hat/Fedora and Novell/SUSE). I used one that is common to Xine, Totem, mPlayer and virtually all other common Free/free Linux video players. My efforts were obviously not good enough.

But also please realize: given the nature of our audience, whatever codec or video delivery method we use, someone will not be able to view it or will not want to use whatever client it requires, and the more disk space, bandwidth, and rendering/upload time we spend on each video, the fewer videos we will be able to produce and deliver.

Thank you for your understanding,

- Robin


Why not use Ogg Theora?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on July 07, 2006 12:02 AM
Ogg Theora is an open video codec , that is in all Linux distros , it's free and patent free.

And also Theora has codecs for Windows and Macs.

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Re:Why not use Ogg Theora?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on July 07, 2006 05:05 PM
But Red Hat and Novell Suse , for example , don't have xvid codec by default and there is not support to how to install / provide these codecs.

But there is support for Ogg Theora in both distros , the most importants Linux distros.

Take a look at Red Hat or Novell Suse websites , all videos have at least an Ogg Theora version.


Can we use Microsoft and other IP rights on LINUX?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on July 07, 2006 03:55 AM


I love your video coverage of OpenOffice and Ubuntu, etc.

Here is an install question found on a <a href=",+per+1+PC+use,+on+a+1+LINUX+install?&type=article&order=&hideanonymous=0&pid=457861#c458072" title="">Groklaw
reader's OT comment</a>!

The question is: if the owership rights of 1 licensed copy of a
Windows OS (or any legal windows application, or a Apple MAC
application) can be used on the same (just 1 still) PC that is a
LINUX based PC as well (using the IP for Linux, that was bought for
Windows, or maybe for a MAC).

Is 1 owned Microsoft or Apple License, and IP rights, legally
usable on 1 Linux system as long as install is not on any combination
of 2 PCs (a violation of the 1 PC use agreement)? But, only to
enable legal operation of an equal LINUX software OS or application
feature or IP?

You should get your legal staff on this and see if this is
possible? If possible you could break the news on or
Newsforge first!


You missed the first step.. Obtaining and burning.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on July 07, 2006 08:02 AM
This is very important.. Many new users don't know anything about iso images or whatnot, or were to obtain them. After they download them they usually lack the software to burn them correctly in Windows.

Like show some decent burning and reliable burning software in Windows and what to do with the ISO file. Many people just simply copy the file over to a cdrom and get very confused.

And also point out that if they do not feel comfortable burning the cdrom or whatnot they can order them online.

Also point out that the way that your doing stuff your completely deleting all information on a drive. So they NEED TO BACK THINGS UP. Mention it like 10 or 20 times.

What you should realy do is get help from somebody who has worked extensively in tech support. A lot of what your talking about is very reasonable and your doing a good job, but your making assumptions about the level of understanding of the target audiance.

A good, smart person experianced with helping out Windows users over the phone can help you not only get the terminology so that normal people can understand, but also help you tell it efficiently.

For example many people who are now capable of running a system like Ubuntu may not realise exactly what a partition is and what formatting the harddrive does and such. They usually have a idea; Like the C: drive is on a partition, but may not fully understand what is going on.

Many people will be like "Oh, I install Ubuntu and then I can get my kid's birthday photos out of the 'My Documents' directory, right? I mean that I can see photos in Ubuntu, right?"

Sometimes it's difficult to deal with that level of confusion.


Re:You missed the first step.. Obtaining and burni

Posted by: Administrator on July 07, 2006 09:23 AM
Good points, but I think you simply missed his earlier videos which cover just that.
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Can't install Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 05, 2007 02:42 AM
Thank you for the great videos!
I just wish I could get to the point where your video starts.
OK, so I download Ubuntu and burn the image to cd.
Then I take an old pc (IBM Netvista P3/900mhz with no extras) and this is where the first question comes up: Does the hard drive have to be partitioned and formatted? If yes, which format - fat, fat32 or ntsf? (I tried all).
I pop in the CD and eventually the menu comes up.
First I use the option to check the cd - fine.
Then I select #1 (Install).
After a short while, an error mesg comes up "There was an error starting the GNOME setting daemon." and something to the effect that it'll try again later.
At this point the CD drive keeps running, really sounds like it's doing something, but strangely there is no activity on the harddrive LED. This continues for about an hour (nothing happening on the screen) and then the screen goes black and the CD stops running.
It's the same with Ubuntu versions 6.06 and 6.10.
I don't think it's a hardware problem; it had no trouble running a Win2k installation.

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thanks for the help

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 09, 2007 07:24 AM
hey thanks for the vids they were the best help, I do have another question though. I would like to connect to the internet via firefox but it tells me that I can't. Can you help with this process.


Let the intallation begin!

Posted by: Administrator on July 07, 2006 09:29 AM
Roblimo - great videos!
You should be doing voice overs and commercials (maybe you are).
Anyway, just wanted to say I love your enthusiasm. When you announced in your monster truck rally manner, 'let the installation begin!', I couldn't help but grin ear to ear.
Keep up the great work.


can not install sagem fast 800-840 modem

Posted by: Administrator on July 29, 2006 05:38 PM
i ve just installed ubuntu 6.06 in my brand new computer and i can not find kernel headers 2.6.15-23-386 to keep on installing packages for the modem


Installing Ubuntu ( training videos)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on August 02, 2007 03:56 PM
hey rob..nice video man...waiting for the part 2 where i would like to do the partition.i have windows already installed and want to install Ubuntu on my other hard disk...plz plz upload the part2 fast.. would appreciate it. Thank you very much.


Installing Ubuntu ( training videos)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on September 24, 2007 10:59 AM
hi was a very helpful video for freshers like me...and yes i would want to know how to install on a system which already has WinXP...waiting for your next video


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