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Kubuntu is a Linux distro (version) of Ubuntu with the KDE graphical user interface.

I finally bit the bullet and decided to install Kubuntu on my small laptop. It is an older Fujitsu Lifebook with a Transmeta Crusoe chip with 256MB or RAM, so it struggles a bit to run Windows XP.

I opted for the Ubuntu desktop CD install, but this basically doesn't work with limited RAM. The CD drive keeps thrashing and nothing happens.


Minimal install

The solution is to download and burn the Ubuntu minimum install, then boot it from the CD drive. You may need to change the boot sequence in your bios settings to do this.

The minimal install brings up a character interface that steps you through the installation process during which you can select various components and applications to include.

I opted for the Kubuntu desktop, as I think the KDE desktop is more user friendly than the Gnome desktop that Ubuntu includes.

Getting wifi working

With the system up and running, the next task was to get the Belkin wifi card going. This proved to be a real challenge. I tried numerous times to install the Ndiswrapper program which allows you to use the Windows drivers for the card by emulation, but I just couldn't get it to work.

Some welcome help from the Kubuntu forum directed me to install the b43-fwcutter package, which worked like a charm.

Installing packages

Use the sudo command to install new packages such as:

sudo apt-get install b43-cutter

Or use either the provided Adept package manager (available on the Start menu, but did not list b43-fwcutter), or install the Synaptic package manager (which did list the b43-fwcutter package) and use it instead.

Fixing a bug when accessing HTML files from Dolphin

Kubuntu includes the Dolphin file explorer program rather than the previous Konqueror program (which is still available). Both these programs perform a similar function to Windows Explorer - such as finding, copying, moving and deleting files in various locations on your computer.

I found an annoying bug in Dolphin: when you try to click on an HTML file you get the error:

The desktop entry file
/usr/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus/amarok_addaspodcast.desktop has an invalid menu entry addAsPodcast.

This appears to be caused by a bug in Dolphin. You can work around this by renaming a file used by Amarok using the following commands in the Kconsole (terminal):

cd /usr/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus/
sudo mv amarok_addaspodcast.desktop amarok_addaspodcast.desktop_

This seems to be a fairly simple bug which should be fixed.

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