Sometimes, I get these odd curiosities to learn about something. Such is the case with Linux.
Linux is a computer operating system, an alternative to Windows. It comes in a variety of versions from several manufacturers. I selected a free version that appears to be very popular, Ubuntu. (Ubuntu was not in my Windows vocabulary, so spell check wanted me to correct it. Funny.)
I burned Ubuntu onto a CD. It was the "mini image", which means it was the minimum amount of data to boot the computer. Then the remainder of the operating system, aka O/S, would auto download from the Internet. That was the claim.
So, here's what happened at first:
Not too shabby for a novice, huh?
It wouldn't detect my wireless network, so I plugged in an Ethernet cable and in a few seconds, it started the download.
Now this PC is our old, worn out box. It was running Windows XP. I was trying to remember what exactly was going wrong with it the day I pronounced it dead. I replaced it with a new Dell running Windows 7. It may have been crashing a lot. I think that one or more usb ports had died. At least the hard drive and CD drive are working.
Here's where the dad stuff comes in. When I came up from the dungeon, I mean basement, with the old PC, my kids started asking questions, especially Riley. They wanted to know what I was up to and ultimately where this PC was going, if I got it running. They were helping me look for a power cord and a mouse. Never found a spare mouse, so they were ready to steal the mouse from our new computer. No to that.
Tilley is roaming past the screen, telling me there's a message about partitioning the disk. If nothing else is gained from this experiment, she learned a new word: par-TISH-on-ing. Hang on for a minute while I go take a look...
I chickened out. I didn't have the guts to use the whole disk. But it looks like I left two hard drives in that PC. There was a second hdd with 80gb total space that we had used for family photos and such. I copied all those to the new PC, but still didn't want to overwrite them. I also didn't want to erase the XP O/S from the primary hard drive. So I selected the first option on the list, which was to re-size the partition and use all free space, estimated to be about 43gb, obviously on the secondary hdd. It said it might take a long time. We'll see. It's almost bedtime.
That PC is on the kitchen island/bar. Hopefully, I can get it out of the way before leaving for work tomorrow morning.
If you're not a gadget happy freak like me, then you're probably wondering why I am doing this. The only answer I can give is this: because I couldn't help myself. Kinda like the guy who has to play the newest video game, or the one who must learn that new guitar chord.
At least my kids are impressed.