Kubuntu Installation

I’ve decided to now do a Kubuntu 8.04 installation. For those of you not certain of what it is which I speak of, Kubuntu is a KDE version of the Gnome-centric Ubuntu distribution.

Ubuntu is a variant of the Debian distribution which has a large set of packages available for users. Kubuntu uses the apt package manager which is well known as a package manager. The distribution is robust as is it’s father, Debian.

The download size was 692 MB for a standard ISO image file. Actually, one can choose to use a live version of Kubuntu to try out the distribution. While doing so, you could also choose to install the distro while browsing the web! Installation, all in all, took around 20 minutes.

Again, images contain strong captions which the author believes communicates the points.

Figure 1: Initial decision screen. The user can boot the live distro, or install the hard disk. For this tutorial, I choose the simple installation.

Figure 2: The Welcome screen. The user gets to choose the proper language to be used in the distribution.

Figure 3: The user now gets to set up the timezone based upon global position.

Figure 4: Keyboard layout follows. I chose USA standard. There is even a text box to type and make sure your keyboard is properly recognized.

Figure 5: Disk partitioning occurs now. In this case, I’m using a 7.4 GB allocated space.

Figure 6: User profile, properties, and passwords are set here.

Figure 7: A summary of what is to take place is listed. Advanced options include bootloader configuration.

Figure 8: Installation begins by creating the disk partitions. Careful examination shows that we’re dividing the drive into two partitions: one (ext3) for / and another swap partition.

Figure 9: After software is installed, hardware is configured.

Figure 10: The notice of installation completion appears, and the user is prompted to reboot the computer without any installation CDs in the drive.

Figure 11: Standard Kubuntu boot screen. Familiar to many for several generations of Kubuntu.

Figure 12: Standard login screen. Note that I only have one user added (me). If alternate desktops are installed, the user is given the option to change the session.

Figure 13: KDE 3.5.9 desktop. There are already updates which must be obtained from the last Kubuntu roll and Aptitude is waiting to help you get those updates. Notice that Konqueror is the default web-browser and file manager.

Figure 14: Updated versions to currently installed packages are displayed. The user may choose to get these change or ignore them.

Figure 15: The download and installation of these files is really only noticeable if you actually watch the installation. Otherwise, normal work and operation can continue.

Figure 16: Networking is properly configured out of the box. Distrostop.org is easily visible using Konqueror (to add firefox use apt-get or the package manager software).

Figure 17: Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) ships with openoffice.org/ version 2.4. Impress is the presentation software which includes many useful components.

Figure 18: K3b is the KDE default CD/DVD burning suite. It is a reliable and fantastic piece of software.

Figure 19: Kubuntu 8.04 also ships with digiKam which is KDE’s photo management software. This is also a very professional tool.

Pros: Kubuntu is a really great distribution for people who love KDE, need minimal setup involvement, and who require a computer to just work. It comes with power management software, Networkmanager, and about any other piece of software you can imagine by default.

Cons: If you are a power-user who requires ultimate control, this distribution is probably not for you. Although once the distribution has been installed you can manage whatever you want, there is little control over the installation unless you download the alternate CD at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download.

Feel free to leave comments. I am cross-posting this at distrostop.org.

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