status: downloading and Md5sum
My continuing story: I downloaded "kubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.is". (Incidentally, I went online and bought a real Kubuntu install disk, just in case, together with the official manual. Total with shipping was about ten bucks. Pretty reasonable.)
I just checked the MD5sum. To do that, I went to the terminal, switched to the desktop directory, and typed " md5sum kubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.iso".
It responded "ae9b209fe4b9caf545fa2011631de797 kubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.iso", which exactly matches the ae9b209fe4b9caf545fa2011631de797 checksum found on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes
Next I right clicked on the ISO, and chose "burn to CD". No problems, but I do wish the CD burner software had a "verify" option to compare the burned CD with the ISO. I'm not usually so touchy, but I'm on a scientific mission.
Next I am going to boot from the CD and chose "Check CD for defects".
Wish me luck. If the CD is okay, I am going to wipe the laptop I am using now and reinstall. If it dies, I will be logging in here from another computer screaming "help."
[As I said in my first message, this is a journal of what I'm doing to install Kubuntu on my personal laptop. My computer class experienced problems of all sorts a few weeks ago, and I'm trying to figure out why. The classroom thing went by quickly, so I want to go back over everything step by step, and since I will eventually wipe my laptop, I'm writing everything here. Posting it publicly also means that someone will probably point out a mistake if I make one. :) ]
Installation issue resolution
Yes, it works fine. It's the wired NIC that doesn't work.
Originally Posted by techieMoe
It does seem like some folks are arguing. Like, when I say that my classmates all had trouble, and someone responds that Linux runs for millions of others. That makes me sound like a liar or a fool. All I can do is report what I have seen.
Originally Posted by techieMoe
I think I have figured out the answer. We just have a different definition of "installs with no problem."
It's like when my brother says it won't be any problem to install a gas dryer. To him, "no problem" means "extend the gas line, buy an adapter, borrow a special tool, install a new 20amp branch circuit, install a vent, check the gas pressure, shim the base, repair the drywall, plug it in and you're done." For him, that's no problem. But for your average person, it's a problem.
I mean "no problem" like installing a microwave: "plug it in, you're done."
If anything comes from this discussion, I would hope that somebody looks at the installation process from the non-geek standpoint. It could only help Linux spread.
Here's an example. As I said, Linux installation died on me multiple times, with no way for me to fix it except try another distro or machine. But on one occasion, it did a marvelous thing. It started, but in a text-mode way. It let me pick a new video driver from a list, and presto, I was running. If installation always worked that way, my whole class would be Linux cheerleaders now.
Anyway, I am grateful for the help, though. Thanks for responding, Moe.