Nov 282006
 

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Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.

Kubuntu is an entirely open source operating system built around the Linux kernel. The Kubuntu community is built around the ideals enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

If you want to download Kubuntu click here . Afte downloading .iso image from the download link you need to burn a CD after that you need to boot from your kubuntu cd you should see the following screen in this screen select “start or install kubuntu” and press enter.

Now you can see on next screen kubuntu cd is loading

Now your next screen is kubuntu initializing

After loading complete desktop you can see the screen including the two icons like below.Now if you want to install kubuntu just click on install icon on your desktop.

Now you need to select you installation language in this i have selected english and press continue

Next step is you need to select your country and time zone in this i have selected uk as country and london time zone and press continue

Now you need to select your keyboard language here i have selected United Kingdom and press continue

Now you need to create user and assign the hostname for your computer and press continue

Here you can see Hard Disks initializing

Now you need to select how you want to partition your hard disk.In this example i am selecting “manually edit partition table” and click on forward

Now you can See the following screen with the disks available in your machine here you need to create partitions for this you need to select the available freespace and in this example you can see the 8GB of space for this installation here i am going create a partitions you need to right click and select create partition table.

Now you can see the following screen asking for your confirmation to create partition table click yes

Now you should see the following screen with the available space now you need to create a partitions by cliking on create button at the top of the menu

Now you can see the following screen here you can select new size,partition type and click on add.In this example i am entering size as 100 mb and partition type as ext3 and click on ok

Now you need to create another partition using the available space and click ok

Here you can see the two created partitions and click on forward

Confirm the commit changes to your hard disk by clicking on yes

Now you can see the completed changes successfully and click on ok

Here you need to create a mount points by selecting mount point and partition and click on continue

Collecting all the required information for installation in progress

Here is the all the list of information for available for installation here you need to click on install to start the installation.

Creating filesystem in progress

Installation in progress and it shows the copying files percentage.

Installation Completed Succesfully and you need to restart the system by clicking “Restart Now”

Network Configuration in Kubuntu

Most ethernet configuration is centralized in a single file, /etc/network/interfaces. If you have no ethernet devices, only the loopback interface will appear in this file, and it will look something like this:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
address 127.0.0.1
netmask 255.0.0.0

If you have only one ethernet device, eth0, and it gets its configuration from a DHCP server, and it should come up automatically at boot, only two additional lines are required:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

The first line specifies that the eth0 device should come up automatically when you boot. The second line means that interface (“iface”) eth0 should have an IPv4 address space (replace “inet” with “inet6” for an IPv6 device) and that it should get its configuration automatically from DHCP. Assuming your network and DHCP server are properly configured, this machine’s network should need no further configuration to operate properly. The DHCP server will provide the default gateway (implemented via the route command), the device’s IP address (implemented via the ifconfig command), and and DNS servers used on the network (implemented in the /etc/resolv.conf file.)

To configure your ethernet device with a static IP address and custom configuration, some more information will be required. Suppose you want to assign the IP address 192.168.0.2 to the device eth1, with the typical netmask of 255.255.255.0. Your default gateway’s IP address is 192.168.0.1. You would enter something like this into /etc/network/interfaces:

iface eth1 inet static
address 192.168.0.2
netmask 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.0.1

In this case, you will need to specify your DNS servers manually in /etc/resolv.conf, which should look something like this:

search mydomain.com
nameserver 192.168.0.1
nameserver 4.2.2.2

The search directive will append mydomain.com to hostname queries in an attempt to resolve names to your network. For example, if your network’s domain is mydomain.com and you try to ping the host “mybox”, the DNS query will be modified to “mybox.mydomain.com” for resolution. The nameserver directives specifiy DNS servers to be used to resolve hostnames to IP addresses. If you use your own nameserver, enter it here. Otherwise, ask your Internet Service Provider for the primary and secondary DNS servers to use, and enter them into /etc/resolv.conf as shown above.

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  • Jody John

    Thanx for this invaluable info.
    I finally managed to complete the installation after the fifth attempt.
    No mention of swap file allocation which is needed.
    Apart from that fantastic.
    I can see this OS will drive out the devil microsoft.
    Now i can look foreward to a happy computing experience.

    Peace.

  • Tomi

    Dear Jody John,
    if you could read, you would have noticed that installation program _tells_ you the need of swap allocation. Maybe you should use some not-so-difficult OS, like say, eh, windows.

    Peace.

  • Shane

    It says clearly that you should have at least 250Mb of swap space… why didnt you create it? You give chance for people like Tomi to comment without thinking. Easier still, you could have simply let the installer do the partitioning for you.

    Tomi, are you honestly trying to tell everyone that Windows is easier than that to install? You obviously know as much as a neanderthal when it comes to installing an OS.

    Shane.

  • http://evildoer.com Jesus

    Tomi, this kind of beautiful friendliness is most certainly just the thing that will make proprietary os users switch to linux. Thank you for your immensely useful contribution.

  • Eliana

    Hi. I really want to try using Kubuntu but i have a problem. I DLded .iso then burnt it. I boot it, i see the first picture. Then i press enter on “Start or Install” option. I see the loading screen – the picture no.2. But after it i get to promt. someting like “ubuntu@ubuntu:”. I dunno what to be doing next. No idea how to get picuter no.3 on my monitor. I never had any linux system before, once a friend of mine showed me a “Debian”, but he is very far away now. Advice anyone? I have 368Megs of RAM, but i try setting Ubuntu on a same disk, but on a diferent partition than winXP. If thats a problem should i get a sepparate hdd for Ubu. And how to setup it so i could read all my winXP folders? Sorry to bother you, but just can’t fugure it out on myself, OR quit wishing to see a Linux on my PC.
    E.

  • Damian

    Eliana, it’s worth checking that your CD burn was successful. I’ve had trouble with kubuntu iso images before, so try to find out the md5sum of the image file and check it against the value supplied at the place you downloaded it from. Good luck, it’s well worth the effort.

  • my 2 cents

    Two things

    Shane is is right, you need a 250 swap space

    With setting up networking you told how to setup an ethernet connection what about the people who still use dial up? I had some trouble in getting Kubuntu to recognize my external modem because there was no “resolv.conf” file. You should consider revising this to tell how
    one can create a dial up connection and how to create the file (if you know how.hmmmm….come to think of it you probely dont know how to)because this seams to be a problem with this distro

  • Andrew Chapman

    A bit confusing that ‘ruchi’ created a swap space of only 100MB.

    Is it a good idea to create a third partition for /home? Would the mount point for this be /home? If one is using two distributions (say SUSE as well) can they share the same /home directory? What if one has Suse 10.0 which uses Reiser filesystem? What does one do then? Thanks, Andrew

  • Edgy Iffy

    Hey all,

    I’m having the exact same problem as Eliana when trying to install Edgy Eft. I’ve double checked my download AND cd burn against their md5 checksums and they all tally. Could someone please offer some help/advice?

    Thanks!

  • ernie

    To those having install issues, I was also experiencing similar issues. I then added more memory to my system and it resolved the issue. Hope you can get it going!! I love it and have switched all my machines over and love being Microsoft free!!

  • http://herefordshire.com jon norris

    I upgraded my laptop from Dapper to Edgy. Not bad!
    I installed Dapper on my desktop but had such ridiculous problems trying to get ndiswrapper to work (and utilise my Belkin wireless card) that I burned an iso of Edgy and installed that. It didn’t work, then Dapper wouldn’t reinstall – something has screwed up. Eventually got WinXP back on, then Ubuntu. But Kubuntu wont go back on.
    Brilliant that you spent time doing this page though!
    Is there a faults and solutions page so concisely done?

  • Benjammin’

    I seem to be having the same issue as Eliana. The md5sum checks out, I’ve done a memory scan (took a long, long time..) that checks out, I’ve burned the image twice using different burners.. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been looking for some troubleshooting guides but so far no luck.
    Any ideas, anyone?

  • foxhound

    Hey I’m installing Kubuntu for the first time (did install ubuntu a few times) and I have noticed for the first time that a lot of people suggest creating a partition for the /home root when first installing the OS. I know how to do this but I have no idea how much space I should assign this partition. I’ve got 50GB available for linux issues, i’ve asigned 469 MB for swap, and the remaining GB should be destined to the / and the /home partitions… but which size should I give this last one? I’m in the middle of the installation, so a quick answer would be greatly appreciated!!

    thanks in advance
    fox.

  • Huxley777

    If installation is freezing on you (Eliana & Benjammin’) try unplugging all unnecessary devices, especially USB. Use a serial mouse and keyboard for the install if you have them around, and disconnect the mouse otherwise as you can install using only the keyboard. Don’t forget to unhook your speakers too. Sometimes Linux distros will lock up when autodetecting drivers during install. After you’re finished, you should be able to hook everything back up, turn your computer on, and have no problems with most common hardware.

  • trancepose

    i have an extraordinary problem. ? start everything just as you said. loading screen is allright. now take a look at the second picture in this page. just try to place green characters at unreadable size in 2 rows, and there are dot like shapes below. those dot-like shapes are almost lighted except several ones at the end. i press random buttons on the keyboard and then enter, then some more are highlighted and it floods to second row. i repeat this several times and it stops at fifth or sixth row. what can be the issue. ? have 3800 X2 processor, one sata and one ide hdd, 3gb ram,x800 gto2. in my case, nothing like eliana’s problems occured

  • Josh

    Hey everyone,
    I am installing Edgy on my laptop and was having the same problem several people here seem to be having. It would get to the second picure shown, but never get to the third. I had to add the command line arguments “-noapic nolapic” to the boot line on screen one. To do this just press F6 when the first screen comes up and then type what is in the quotes. Try that out and see if it works for any of you.
    Good Luck

  • Navap

    Hey,
    i actually have already created partitions(3 of them)i want to install it on the one which is primary now…the installion says something like it can’t install on vts or fat systems

  • vikas

    well, when i click on the install icon, the computer goes very slow and does nothing, what should i do??

  • jake

    hello, im trying to install Kubuntu 7.10 on my laptop and i cant only get to the black screen with the blue kubuntu. thats in and after 10 mins the screen will turn green and stay that way until i shut down the computer. when i reboot it shows i can either choose vista or kubuntu. any answers? email at [email protected] thanks

  • greg

    when i click on the install icon, the computer goes very slow and does nothing

    –i also have this issue.

    im going to try reburning the CD, but im having a ton of problems today: first i tried ubuntu, then kubuntu (theyre not supposed to be very different i thought), and first i got an ‘cannot load xserver’ or something like that (had a problem using the display on my laptop), and now it does this unresponsive thing.

    greg

  • Zachary

    I installed it alright, but I want to know how to change the order of programs on the boot screen so that Windows is before Kubuntu.
    That way, the computer will automatically upload the MS operating system if I dont do anything for 10 seconds after starting up.
    Let me know at [email protected]

  • Peter

    I want to install Kubuntu 8.04.1, but after the 2nd initializing-screen lines appear in the black screen and after the line: Running local boot scrips (/etc/rc.local) [OK] the cursor just keeps blinking but nothing happens. System freeze?
    What could be the cause, and how can it be solved.
    When I choose the option to just run it from CD the same thing happens; it does not go on.
    Please help..

  • cbl_telecom

    Vikas, Jake, and Greg – I had the same problem too.

    I Overcame that problem by doing this:

    What I did: I reinstalled the Kubuntu OS in Normaal Mode, than I put 3 partitions on my HDD for Kubuntu 8.10 Interpid Ibex (This will also work for other Kubuntu OS Distros. How I did it was that I divided the amount of disk space I had (Let’s Say I Had 82332 MB) by three. I made the first Partition (the Kubuntu OS HDD Space Partition) 27444 MB. Than I made the SWAP Space 2744 MB Also, Than I made another Partition for SWAP Space, Again at 2744 MB (You do not have to make the 3rd partition SWAP Space, You can either leave it for free space, or select another type of partition in the partition list. Than after that, I Let it install. Than when I started the computer, I got a weird Green-Line Screen. Than I hard-booted it down, than started it back up. It went to the screen with KDE 4.0 on it, where it loads the different services, when it stopped doing anything, I just clicked on it, than it just went automatically to the desktop. It might want you to type in your password.
    Than after that, I let it sit for about 2 and a half minutes, and then came back. It worked better than ever. If you need to contact me by giving me a post to me on this fourum.

  • Meastro

    Do i have to use the partitions, can i do some thing else please help me….

  • Meastro

    am gonna install kubutu 9.04 help with that

  • steve

    hey guys

    im trying to install kubuntu 7.1 on my pc for the first time but im having trouble getting to the third screen…it always comes to a command propt type screen with ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ and waits for a command to be typed in because theres a blinking underscore but im not sure if im supposed to type anything in there or not…

    anyhelp is much appreciated