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Adventures with Ubuntu Edgy Eft

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A week or two ago I was at Frys and came across The Official Ubuntu Book. I've heard a lot about this flavor of Linux lately and thought it was high time I started working with it.

The book comes with Ubuntu's "live DVD", basically a bootable disc that allows you to try out Ubuntu without going through an install process or even touching your existing OS. What a brilliant idea! The only catch is that you obviously can not update, save preferences, etc. so after playing with it that way for a little bit I wanted to install it onto my HD. This proved to be a little bit harder because of my hardware. I am running a SATA raid and had my WinXP install setup on SATA ports 0 and 2 on a RAID 1. I installed Ubuntu onto a new HD on port 1. Unfortunately the install process put the GRUB boot manager onto my port 0 HD, making both WinXP and Ubuntu unlaunchable.

The above hardware obstacle course aside, my next small hurdle was getting the native nVidia driver installed and working with dual monitors.

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