Linux install irritations
By christophersaul on Jun 22, 2006
Am getting fed up whilst rebuilding my laptop. Previously I had Windows XP, JDS 3 beta and an old version of Solaris Express. I decided to get a newer Linux on there and go with the current version of Solaris 10. Fedora Core 5's networking didn't work properly, plus Sun seem to be working closely with Ubuntu currently, so Fedora was dumped and Ubuntu installed. Ubuntu requires the 'alternate cd' if you want to install it on an extended partition, which I did. Lilo is then installed as the bootloader however, with no option to use Grub. I don't have any preference over one or the other, but Lilo gives a strange error when I try to edit it to allow my Solaris partition to boot. This is annoying - I want to be able to boot Windows, Linux or Solaris via a nice menu at boot time. Instead I'm stuck with something I can't seem to change. On the bright side, Ubuntu looks great, wireless worked perfectly out of the box and VMware is happily installed. Ironic that Solaris installed perfectly first time and that after installing frkit I was happily up and running. Linux has taken a lot more fiddling with.