Linux install irritations ended
By christophersaul on Jun 25, 2006
My mission to rebuild my laptop without destroying the existing Windows paritions failed when Ubuntu corrupted the partition table during another attempt to get it installed with Grub working. Never mind - I took the opportunity to start from scratch. I now have a nicely repartitioned drive with Windows XP, a shared fat drive, Ubuntu Dapper Drake and Solaris 10. Lovely. The install steps I took were as follows - \* Restore Windows XP from my Toshiba restore CD. \* Boot Ubuntu Desktop CD and repartition drives, resizing the Windows C drive and D drives, creating an extended partition with Linux root and Linux swap and leaving some space left for Solaris to install itself in. \* Install Ubuntu, check things are happily multi-booting. \* Install Solaris 10. This install set Solaris' Grub up as the bootloader and I couldn't work out how to boot Ubuntu properly. \* Booted from the Ubuntu install cd into the 'live cd' state and used update-grub to reinstall Grub with Ubuntu's settings. Added a line to Ubuntu's Grub menu.lst for Solaris (I'll post this here later). \* When I boot now I get a Grub menu. I can choose to boot straight into Ubuntu or Windows XP. If I choose Solaris I go to Solaris' Grub menu and then boot into Solaris from there. VMware Workstation 5.5 is needed to work with Linux 2.6 kernels. Fortunately it's a free upgrade if you have a 5.0 licence, so I'm now happily up and running and testing some stuff that Sun Ray fans will be pleased to hear about.