Having just rolled off a project at work and having some down time it is/was a perfect time to “blow up” my laptop. I formatted the hard drive, reinstalled Windows XP, then I shrank the NTFS partition down to 10 GB. That left me with 70 GB for my Ubuntu install.
The install went pretty good. Yes, there were some problems, but I got past them fairly easily. The first prob was that the install disk failed on boot because of the odd 17 inch 1440×900 display my laptop has. I used some boot params given in the startup help by Ubuntu and was past that.
Next, I ran into more display problems in the post-install process. Again, the display settings were bad and X wouldn’t start. Some quick googling for installing Ubuntu on my HP zd8000 took me to Keir Gordon’s Blog which had some helpful notes on getting the video working.
Now what do I do?
I still have some system setup tasks. I need to get the wifi working, I need to get my second monitor working (ViewSonic VA1912wb). Figure out if sleep/hibernate modes work.
Then I get to install all the software I need. Obviously, I’ll need Java and Eclipse. What else? I did a pretty good job documenting everything I installed on this laptop when it was a windows box. I guess I’ll take another look at that post.
Anybody have any suggestions? Favorite mods/tweaks. Must have Linux applications?