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Installing and Configuring Kubuntu on the Dell D620


These are my incomplete notes from my experience installing Ubuntu, then Kubuntu on the D620.  I don't take good notes or complete notes, but perhaps it will help someone.

Thu May 18 23:56:33 CDT 2006
= GOAL: get wireless card working using various UbuntuForum? threads, starting with 160679 external link.
  * Obtain linux headers
$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
  * Obtain and build ieee80211 by downloading latest release from web
$ cd sysadm/ieee80211-1.1.13
$ sudo make check_old
$ make
$ sudo make install
  * Obtain and build ipw3945 by downloading latest stable release from web
$ cd sysadm/ipw2945-1.0.0
$ make
$ sudo ./load debug=0 # Wireless becomes active
  * Obtain wpa_supplicant to handle the WPA key security
$ sudo apt-get install wpasupplicant
$ wpa_passphrase gupi # Obtain correct pass phrase
# Edit as recommended at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WPAHowto external link
$ sudo vi /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
$ sudo vi /etc/default/wpasupplicant # Edit to enable
$ sudo ifup eth1   # It doesn't acquire a lease
* Turns out that 3945 driver doesn't work with this setup.  Need to wait until Dapper is released in June.

Wed May 17 22:36:21 CDT 2006
= GOAL: ISU-specific set up of kmail, based on Mon Apr 17 17:22:26 CDT 2006 instructions from vito
  * installed krb5-clients, krb5-config, krb5-doc, krb5-user, libkrb5-dev (which includes krb4 libraries and headers); krb5-clients, krb5-config, and krb5-user were Universe (or Multiverse) archives which required a change of Software Sources in Synaptic
  * compiled fetchmail 6.2.5 using command
$ ./configure with-kerberos=/usr && make && sudo make install
Actually quite tricky because ubuntu doesn't come with a development environment; I suspect installing build-essentials would have been the easiest way, but I installed several bits and pieces (binutils, g++-4.0, gcc-4.0, libstc++6-4.0-dev) before finding build-essentials.
* reset the software clock with command
$ date
set "HH:MM:SS"
Not necessary
  * copied old kmail configuration files from vito
$ cd .kde/share/config
$ scp vito:.kde/share/config/kmailrc .
$ scp vito:.kde/share/config/kmail.eventsrc .
$ scp vito:.kde/share/config/emaildefaults .
$ scp vito:.kde/share/config/emailidentities .
= GOAL: fix touchpad; it is too sensitive
  * see /usr/share/doc/xorg-driver-synaptics for information about configuring the touchpad; there seems to be no easy user interface
* I have the non-synaptics version.
  * haven't succeeded in actually configuring it yet, but see /etc/X11/xorg.conf for the commands that need adjustment, supposedly
= GOAL: oops, I wanted to install kubuntu
  * installed kde-desktop and switched to kubuntu
  * actual change to kubuntu happened with next dist-upgrade
= GOAL: fix poor resolution and get X running
  * fixed resolution problems using 915resolution (see sysadm directory)
$ sudo 915resolution -l
$ sudo 915resolution 3c 1440 900
- above confirmed to work with edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf
- edit /etc/defaults/915resolution to match the above line
= GOAL: install ubuntu
  * www.ubuntu.com -> wiki -> user document -> installation
  * followed advanced install option netboot from windows using instlux
  * two tricks:
- remove read-only permissions on boot.ini; instlux doesn't complain and simply doesn't work without access to this file
- at boot prompt, run command find /boot/linux to identify the hard drive with the windows partiton, (0,1) in my case; then modify command line arguments to use this disk; a disk error is issued and boot aborted without this correction
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