Friday, August 12, 2005
After several attempts at installing many different Linux distributions on an old PC of ours, I was finally able to install Ubuntu Linux! At first it didn't recognize the mouse or video driver properly. I had to do a CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to a command prompt, login, and edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg) in order to set my serial mouse to COM1 (ttyS0) and force it to use the correct trident video driver. Linux still has a little way to go before the average user can successfully download and install it, but it's getting better. Now, we have a fully-functional, extra machine for web browsing, checking e-mail, creating documents, editing images, and it was all free. Thanks to this article, I was able to get Ubuntu Linux working on the ol' crusty beige box! W00t!