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[try-linux] Just Installed Ubuntu 12.10!

I decided a long time ago that I wanted to learn Linux. I’ve dual booted before and installed some version of Linux, but it never really stayed. The main problem with that is that I’ve always installed it on my gaming PC. This time, I have installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 on my laptop. My laptop is used primarily for programming and school work. The programming part should help with keeping it.

I’m also going to try and post updates here, not only to keep track of my progress, but stuff I find useful whilst on my journey of Linux discovery. Below are some initial issues I had when installing.

Installing Ubuntu Alongside Windows 8

Before I installed Ubuntu (64bit by the way) I did not get the option to “install alongside Windows” which I had seen on the web site. To get this option you have to:

  1. Boot into Windows.
  2. Open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
  3. Type:
    chkdsk /f
  4. This will find problems with your hard drive. If it finds any issues, it will ask if you want to run chkdsk on next startup. Select yes, then reboot your PC.
  5. When you reboot, it will do its scanny thingy (that’s the official term) and when you’re back into Windows, open a command prompt again (with admin privileges) and type:
    chkdsk
  6. This will tell you if there are still any problems. If not, boot from the Ubuntu disc and when you go to install Ubuntu, you will have the “install alongside Windows” option.

Slow Internet Speeds

UPDATE (May 1st, 2103): The instructions below did not solve my issue with the slow wireless. I undid whatever it is I did and installed wicd to replace the network-manager that comes with Ubuntu. I have not had any problems with wireless since then.

Another issue I had was really slow wireless Internet. To fix this I followed these instructions. I only followed the first part which was:

1) Hit “alt+f2” to run a command and type:

gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

And add the following lines to the bottom of the file:

blacklist ath_hal
blacklist ath_pci

Reboot. If it’s still not working than it is very likely you have ath5k being blacklisted somewhere. Blacklisting may have occurred if you are coming from a Hardy upgrade and/or did not uninstall the madwifi driver before doing this.

Disabling the Guest Account

I don’t like other people… Using my PC so I wanted to disable the guest account. Easy solution found by googling and I came across this site.

To disable the guest session and/or remote logon in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal):

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Type
    sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
  3. Type in your sudo password.
  4. Add the following in a new line at the end of the file if you want to disable the guest session:
    allow-guest=false
  5. Add the following in a new line at the end of the file if you want to disable the remote login option:
    greeter-show-remote-login=false
  6. If you choose to disable both, your lightdm.conf file should probably look like this:
    [SeatDefaults]greeter-session=unity-greeteruser-session=ubuntu
    allow-guest=false
    greeter-show-remote-login=false
  7. Hit CTRL-X to exit nano.
  8. Hit Y to save the file.
  9. Hit Enter to accept the original filename and overwrite the file.
  10. On the terminal, type
    sudo restart lightdm

    to restart the display manager. Doing so will require you to log in again and may close running apps, so save your work before doing so.

  11. The guest session and/or remote logon options should now be disabled.

Finally, I wanted that really nice boot screen that Windows 8 has. After I installed Ubuntu, it would boot into Grub, which is a bootloader for Linux. Then I decided, if I’m going to learn Linux then I might as well set it as my primary operating system, so I decided against the shiny Windows 8 bootloader!

Next on my list of things to do:

  • Install Eclipse and use my Windows folders for project directories.
  • Install Android SDK and use my Windows folders for project directories.
  • Install an FTP program (if one isn’t built in already).
  • Figure out which text editor I want to use for programming.
  • See if I can’t get Photoshop to work.

There are probably other things I want to try, but for now this is good enough.

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