My goal is pretty simple. I want to install Ubuntu Edgy Eft disto into a few newly bought pc units. I don’t want download and burn the whole installation cd image and do the installation process one by one. Luckily for me our network is equipped with a local ubuntu mirror (archive) which provide me an option to do a network installation process. This method is also applicable for those you prefer to do installation over the internet via nearest ubuntu mirror site.
There are quite a few tutorial and howtos out there that provide guidance on setting up a dhcp server and do PXE netboot procedure. For some reasons I can’t choose that method. So I opt for a minimal install cd method.
A minimal intallation cd iso can be downloaded from
Alternatively you can download the iso from your nearest ubuntu mirror. The mini.iso file usually resides in “/dists/edgy/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/” directory. Download and burn the iso.
Boot the pc with the minimal boot cd. You might need to visit the help page “F1” for additional install method/parameters. In my case I have to disable acpi and set vga=771 due to some complication with my machines.
Proceed with the language and location selection page. You will then need to choose your keyboard layout. If you already know your keyboad layout type, just skip the layout detection step by answering “no”
Specify your keyboard and proceed. You will then need to set the machine’s hostname.
After that, you will come to the download source selection page.
Choose your nearest mirror site. In my case I had to choose “enter information manually” as the installation source is our local archive mirror server.
For manual source selection, you will need to enter the hostname / domain name of your preferred mirror site.
Then you have to manually enter the exact path of the installation sources.
The installation process will start right away
Further processes are pretty straight forward. Enjoy…
With default installation of Mandriva 2007 in KDE environment, all networking setup will be automatically refers to DHCP server. This include the machine’s hostname. They maybe cases where the user wants a complete control his own hostname without needing to consult DHCP server admin to specify the hostname.
Root password of the particular workstation will be needed. The user could either change the needed parameters using terminal console, file editor or using Madriva Control Center. To change the hostname using Control Center, launch the tool from the menu by going to:-
System > Configuration > Configure Your Computer
Provide the pc’s root password
Select Network & Internet > Setup A New Network Interface (LAN, ISDN…)
Select Ethernet and click next
Select the network interface to configure (use the one selected by default if you are not sure)
Choose either Automatic Or Manual (use automatic if you are not sure)
Un-check the “Assign host name from DHCP address”
Enter your new hostname
You have completed the process. To be on the safe side, reboot your pc.
While using windows I mostly doing file transfers to & from any linux desktop/server by using Winscp. The application is quite handy and fulfill all my requirements. Now I have migrated to a linux desktop and of course Winscp is not an option anymore.
So, what can I use now? Luckily in linux, there are alternative approaches to use. These approaches might even better than using Winscp in windows mainly due to the ability browse remote folder within the same file manager view without depending on third party file management interface. Imagine browsing remote folders via SSH/SFTP protocol directly in your existing file manager (windows explorer) without needing to launch Winscp.
In KDE we can use fish. Simply launch your file manager, in this case ‘Konqueror‘. Type the below command in the location bar.
The above command will open up SSH connection to the remote machine using the particular username.
Provide your password and…
You can now browse the remote machine and do any kind of modification you wanted as long as your account is permitted considering that not all of us could log in as root.
The above process is about the same if you are using GNOME. The file manager in GNOME which is called Nautilus also have the ssh tunneling capabilities. Simply open the file manager, hit Ctrl-L to open up location editor and type
Provide your password
Follow up of this article can be found here :
Krusader – the Winscp alternative in linux
One major aspect to consider whenever we decided to migrate from using Windows as desktop to fully linux environment is finding what software to replace our commonly used existing windows application. Being a windows user for a very long time, we might have nurtured a certain practices and favors a quite number of applications in our works.
Migrating to a linux desktop means that we would miss a quite number of applications as most of them are designed to work only on Windows platform. Applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Ms Office, Windows Media Player is suitable to be used on a windows system. Even though there are ways to install and use those applications on linux (using Wine is an option), the works are somewhat tedious to some people and portability is not guaranteed 100%.
So, why not using any alternative softwares that are built specifically for linux environment in the first place. Most of the applications are designed to be as close as it can be to match the features, look & feel, and functionality of the win32 applications. Some of the also have the ability to import existing saved files from the windows applications.
Below are some applications that I have identified to be the closest to the commonly used windows application.
- Microsoft Office
- Open Office (http://projects.openoffice.org)
- Microsoft Visio
- Dia (http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/)
- Adobe PageMaker
- Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)
- GimpShop (http://gimpshopdotnet.blogspot.com/)
- Nvu (http://www.nvu.com/)
- Maya 3D
- Blender (http://www.blender.org/)
- XNView (http://www.xnview.com/)
- Yahoo Messenger (YM)
- Kopete (http://kopete.kde.org/)
- Gaim (http://gaim.sourceforge.net/)
- Ms Outlook => *KMAil (http://kmail.kde.org/)
- Evolution (http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/)
- Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/)
- Internet Explorer
- Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
- Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org/)
- Xmms (http://www.xmms.org/)
This is my first attempt of being a blogger. There are several reasons why I chose to setup my own blog particularly on linux subject. One of them is to share my experience and any findings that might be interesting or maybe valuable for my fellow visitors. Another reason is to keep all information documented for my own reference in the future. Apart from that I also would like to have any kind of critical feedbacks or ideas that will benefit everybody and myself along the journey. So, welcome to my blog and hopefully we can together ride the linux journey.