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[[!meta title="WinXP nil..."]]
[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
[[!meta date="2004-10-13 20:09:23 +0100"]]
[[!tag tech]]

…Ubuntu, erm, 0.75?

Today I attempted to install [Ubuntu](http://www.ubuntulinux.org/) on my
shiny new desktop computer. Of course; me being me decided that WinXP
would be a good plan so that I could dual-purpose the machine as a games
box too. (Command and Conquer just doesn’t work under wine; at all; no
way) So I installed WinXP; marvelled at how WinXP didn’t support the
USB, Ethernet or VGA, dug around to find the files on the CD and
installed those drivers; upgraded WinXP to SP2, and then decided to
install Ubuntu.

I popped the disc in the drive; booted; hit enter a few times, typed in
a hostname, did a little fiddle with the partitions since I had WinXP to
preserve and let it get on with things. It installed; grub found my XP
install and enabled that; everything was fine; it rebooted into Ubuntu
and walked me through base-installer. Feels like a slick Debian **so
far**. Then it goes ahead and installs the desktop stuff (slick) and all
seems well. Then we hit X, and lo and behold it looks pretty; has
detected the abilities of my monitor; and then what’s this? My mouse
pointer won’t move.

Unfortunately Ubuntu doesn’t do too well on serial mice. I’ve reported
it [here](https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/2346) but I doubt it’s important
to the Ubuntu guys because it’s only cranky old geeks like me who still
have and use serial mice. It might be a kernel issue because the
sermouse module didn’t help either.

However whatever way you look at it, the Ubuntu pre-release of
WartyWarthog is an impressive bit of kit and I can’t wait to get it onto
my parent’s computer in a little over a week from now.