I tried to install Kubuntu tonite

No joy.

Kubuntu couldn’t recognize the video adapter, I guess.  So it presented me with a 640×480 installer screen – which would be fine – if Ubuntu could handle it.

The first choice I had to make was language.  I picked English.  No “OK” button, no next, or continue – nothing like that.  I’m assuming it was not in the viewable area of my display.  And the installer doesn’t allow scrolling down.

I highlighted “English” and pressed enter, ALT-N, ALT-X, ALT-C, C, X, N (and a lot of other letters).  But nothing happened.  It was stuck.

Kubuntu lost a user today because they didn’t give me a fool-proof way to install it via their GUI.  These are the details that I used to love finding back when I was a QA manager.  I can hear Paul the developers now – saying “But who in the hell would ever install it in 640×480?“.  Heh.  Rob would.

But really  this was my first impression of the product and it told me two things: 1) They expected me to have better hardware, and 2) they didn’t plan ahead for me NOT to.

Since this project is all about putting 5 year old hardware to good use, I need Linux.  And I’ll install Ubuntu on it. I just thought I would like to try a different flavor of Linux this time.  I need a Linux distro that still expects me to be running just the basics.


  1. *sigh*. And that’s why Linux doesn’t own the desktop. It’s just to freaking fickle.

    BTW – I did a text-based install of Kubuntu. rebooted and got nothing but a black screen.

    Ubuntu doesn’t fair much better. Same display issues.

    But guess what? For what I need this machine for I can put Windows 98 on it and that would work. Sure, I would spend considerable time setting up third party firewalls and all – and then I would have to manage it all – but at least I would have the project off the ground by now!

  2. No it isn’t. You have plenty of ways to access the internet and participate in a forum.
    That’s another sixpack for trying to be a smartiepants.

    Anyway, here’s a practical tip, although I’m fairly sure this is not your problem, but keep it in mind:
    If your (K)Ubuntu machine is on a KVM switch, make sure you have it select the (K)Ubuntu machine when you install or boot that machine. DON’T (not even for a second) switch to your other machine(s) ‘to quickly check something’.
    I had this screen resolution issue too, and in my case I ‘fixed’ it by allowing it, at all time, during boot and install, to interrogate the monitor (yes, the MONITOR, not necessarily the graphics card, can be the problem -WAS the problem in my case-).

  3. Well, if I can’t even install it, it’s a little hard to “participate” now, isn’t it?

  4. Kubuntu lost a user today because they didn’t give me …

    THEY? That would include YOU! You’re talking about it, as if it’s a Microsoft product or something you PAID for!

    It’s a FREE, open source project. Even though one company is coordinating the efforts, it still is IN ESSENCE a COMMUNITY effort: you’re SUPPOSED to contribute, if not by coding, then at least by pointing out bugs and even helping them debug if they ask you to.

    Software this complex will NEVER bug free and all the people spending enormous amounts of time (=money) and energy simply don’t deserve to get the door slammed in their faces this way.

    If you choose to use this FREE software, you have, IMHO, a MORAL OBLIGATION to participate in the efforts to make it even better. That’s how Linux in general got from a simple one-man study object to what it is today. And of course, you still have the right to try it and NOT participate in making it better, but if I were you, I wouldn’t mention that to anyone.

    But slamming it like you did and demanding that “they” get there shit together, well, I have to write you up for that.

    The fine is a six pack Corona’s. Have it ready the next time I come by.