This post is mainly to help me remember how I set up my laptop.
First, I installed windows 8 preview using this page. I couldn’t run the app from my XP desktop, but I was able to on the windows 7 I was about to overwrite. My sole reason for maintaining a copy of windows is that I have 1 program that’s not Linux compatible and want to retain this option for now. I know there are options for running windows VM’s from within Linux, but I wanted to first try the dual boot option.
Moving on to the second half of the dual boot, I found this page for creating a bootable USB drive with LUbuntu. I was able to install LUbuntu without any issue. The only problem I have at present is that the laptop boots directly to windows rather than providing me the choice. I know I need to look into installing/configuring/fixing Grub, but for the time being, booting from my USB gives me the choice between Windows & LUbuntu.
Additionally, this is what I’ve installed so far for programs:
sudo apt-get install gcc sudo apt-get install build-essential sudo apt-get install make sudo apt-get install git sudo apt-get install mercurial sudo apt-get install vim sudo apt-get install apache2 sudo apt-get install python-pip sudo apt-get install sqlite3 sudo apt-get install virtualbox sudo pip install django sudo pip install ipython sudo pip install virtualenv
I probably should have gone with straight up Ubuntu rather than LUbuntu like I did for my web server. The laptop is newer and I should not have been so concerned about hardware support, especially since I think I’ll be relying on my laptop more for development vs my makeshift web server.
What’s next for my laptop?
- Install/configure/fix Grub so I can boot to Ubuntu without needing my bootable USB.
- Explore boot scripts.
- Get my one windows program installed and figure that whole situation out. (possibly play with VM from Ubuntu)
- Possibly replace LUbuntu with Ubuntu