Like a lot of people I have at least one old pc kicking around in the loft, so I decided to put it to better use than gathering dust and install some linux on it! I have a home network and have never got round to buying a router for it, instead relying on pc to share the internet connection. This started out many years ago with an old 486 running or should I say crawling Windows 98, but all it had to do was route the traffic and it did remarkably well. A few years on and a couple more PC's on the network this had to be replaced.
Ubuntu Studio 8.04 (Hardy Heron) 64Bit
Live DVD and Installation on one 1Gb disk
Linux on Compact Flash Card
For some reason we at SoSLUG seemed to have great difficulty finding information that would enable us to install a Linux system to a Compact Flash Card.
Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)Ubuntu.com Live CD and Installation on one 700Mb disk Version 7.10 is another great advance for the first time in this distro version we have Eye Candy already installed by default. Ok it's subtle and you may not notice at first any changes but it is different, with a better graphics card such as NVidia or ATI sometimes the Eye Candy is even more remarkable.
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)Ubuntu.com Live CD and Installation on one 700Mb disk Version 7.04 was the best Version so far installation was indeed simple and little had changed or needed to from previous installer again this nearly installed on all hardware presented, including now the laptop's it's ability to detect hardware remained the same and only lacked on very new hardware, network connectivity where on PC Desktops flawless (The newer hardware as for the Dell Precision presented a bigger problem to overcome but this used both SATA and a
Ubuntu Version 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support) (Dapper Drake)Ubuntu.com Available as a two CD Set the Live CD version and Installable Version Version 6.06 was a great advance on it's predecessor Version 5.10 installation was much simpler and nearly installed on any hardware presented, it's ability to detect hardware and more importantly the network where also greatly improved. Distribution Upgrade from version 5.10 to Version 6.06 was abysmal and failed on all units that we tried them on.
Ubuntu Version 5.10 (Breezy Badger)Ubuntu.com Available as a two CD Set the Live CD version and Installable Version This was for all intense and purposes SoSLUG's first introduction to Mark Shuttleworths Linux concept and we loved it. Our original path was to install Gentoo onto our systems this we did with our and the MediaShed servers however this was never a viable option for our limited desktop systems. Ubuntu had everything we needed except suitable printer and shockwave flash support,
Ubuntu in our eyes has very much been a success story as far as we are concerned SoSLUG and the MediaShed then called the Jelliedeel Shed having had donated to it a number of redundant computers and screens for a "Grow Your Own Media Lab" hosted by Access Space in Sheffield and hosted by James Wallbank a Linux Lab was setup covering a three day period to introduce the concept of extending the life of old or redundant computers, these same computers would normally destined for land fill sites.
Many new users give up unnecessarily quickly when trying Linux, because unfamiliarity sets in and it becomes difficult (different) to just do the normal things you take for granted in Windows®. The purpose of this contribution to our wiki, is to guide you through the first few steps, making sure you can use Linux with confidence. All of this piece is based on Kubuntu, but much of it can be applied to any Linux distro and particularly those that use the KDE desktop.