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.