Ubuntu Install Frustration

March 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

So, it didn’t take me long to try and install Ubuntu 7.10 to a new virtual machine and get a little annoyed.  I absolutely hate the fact that you can’t download a DVD of Ubuntu and instead are forced to download different CD ISOs for every possible combination of what you might want to install.   If I want to install a server, Ubuntu won’t let me install the i386 build on an amd64 class cpu.  Why not?!?  32bit software works fine on a 64bit cpu, right?  Likewise, if I have a problem installing a desktop edition via the GUI installer, I have to download a new ISO to install via a text mode installer.   Etc.

Why is it so hard to let me get a DVD that includes all the necessary packages for both i386/amd64, both text mode and GUI mode installers, etc.   What is Canonical thinking???

Tags: IT/Network

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lamapper // Dec 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Dave, liked your post on how easy TightVNC was, that post led me here.

    Perhaps they are listening and added it for Hardy (Ubuntu 8.04) as it is available on DVD, from this link, however availability is very limited. When I downloaded Fedora 10, the options for either DVD, CD image and/or Bittorrent for both were available. Perhaps they will add that next…

    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#dvd – DVD Hardy Ubuntu 8.04 availability.

    Not sure if this quote syntax will work, from the above page:

    Don’t be confused, even though DVDs can hold far more data than the typical Ubuntu CD, the main benefit of the DVD downloads is to get access to all of the available language packs. Most people will be fine with the standard CD installer. There are fewer download locations for the DVD images and this list is updated less frequently than for the CD images.

    I might add that my Tower comes with a DVD/CD recorder, (+ a second DVD player) but have had trouble getting the CD recorder option to work. I noted that the label on the device had both DVD/CD on it, however the paperwork from where I purchased it listed only DVD, go figure. So can understand an interest in getting a DVD copy for this reason if not many others.

    As for Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) I could not find a DVD download site for it yet, however had no problem with the Intel – Amd 64 bit version installing on my Pentium D Tower. My next purchase will be a great graphics card so I can run the Beryl desktop.

    While I did not try to find a DVD download location, I was able to use their updated download page, (it was very simple): http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download. I just needed to know 1) if I wanted 9.10 or LTS 8.04; 2) 32 bit or 64bit; and 3) select from the list of download mirrors.

    Worked like a champ for me. I noted that your post is from March and I honestly do not remember what was available (download page wise) from Ubuntu back in March. Perhaps what I experienced is an improvement since you last downloaded, I honestly do not remember.

    I am running both (8.04 and 8.10) at home, in addition to Fedora 10. Plan on experimenting with 3 – 4 more before the end of the year.

    Enjoyed your posts and will visit again, keep up the good blogging!

  • 2 Dave // Jan 10, 2009 at 2:19 am

    @lamapper: Thanks for the detailed comment! I haven’t tried to reinstall Ubuntu since I wrote this post so I’m not sure where things stand currently either. I will say that I was previously creating virtual machines for testing out various software development tasks and web-app hosting tasks, and thus had a number of different configurations that I wanted to try. I also ran into a few hardware/config problems with one machine that I wanted to run Ubuntu natively on, and that’s where the frustration with not having a text-mode installer on the same CD came from.

    I sincerely hope things are better now in regards to downloading a single image that allows multiple install configurations!

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