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Ubuntu® Linux® Bible by William von Hagen

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Chapter 3. Installing Ubuntu on Special-Purpose Systems

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Setting up dual-boot x86 and PPC systems

  • Repartitioning existing disks

  • Getting other Ubuntu CDs

  • Installing Ubuntu servers

  • Resolving installation problems

  • Installing from the Alternate CD

The previous chapter discussed the graphical installer that is provided as part of the Ubuntu Desktop CD, which is the CD that is included with this book. Using this CD and its installer is the standard way of installing an Ubuntu Desktop system. However, as discussed in the section of Chapter 1 entitled "Ubuntu CDs," two other CDs are also available from the Ubuntu folks for each fully supported platform. These are the Ubuntu Server Install CD and the Ubuntu Alternate Install CD. This chapter discusses how to obtain these CDs and the installation alternatives that each of them provides, and begins with a discussion of installing Ubuntu on dual-boot systems, which are systems that can boot more than one operating system (though not at the same time). Dual-booting means that when you turn the machine on, you'll be given the choice of booting Ubuntu Linux or another operating system, such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. This is the easiest path to take if you don't have a machine to dedicate to Ubuntu or if there are some critical pieces of software that you depend on which run under another operating system, and you aren't sure how to accomplish the same things using Ubuntu. Hopefully, by the end of this book, you'll feel more comfortable ...

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