Kubuntu

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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.

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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.

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