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Re: [ruby-81] Kubuntu gui failure...

From: Adrien
Sent on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:03 PM
If he were to dist-upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04, there could be a problem. When I installed 12.04 on my laptop, it created several strange partitions to deal with the new EFI BIOS, only problem being my laptop doesn't have an EFI BIOS. Linux Mint 14 correctly detected that my laptop doesn't have an EFI BIOS and hence only installed an ext4 partition mounted to / and a swap partition. If someone were to dist-upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04, Ubuntu could perhaps attempt to create those extra partitions and then I would definitely be concerned with data loss. For those wondering about the EFI BIOS:  it is Microsoft's secure BIOS proposal, which the industry has adopted; some would say the real motive behind it is to prevent people from installing Linux on their computers.


--- On Tue, 4/2/13, Mark Wieder <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Mark Wieder <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [ruby-81] Kubuntu gui failure...
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 11:54 AM

Right... er... I wasn't really trying to suggest that it would, just that having a separate home partition is a good idea. I should have been more specific in my comment.


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Adrien <[address removed]> wrote:
A dist-upgrade won't re-partition or re-format the filesystem. It will only download and install system packages and won't touch his personal files.



--- On Tue, 4/2/13, Mark Wieder <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Mark Wieder <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [ruby-81] Kubuntu gui failure...
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 11:43 AM


...sorry... I meant "/" and home partitions...


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM, Mark Wieder <[address removed]> wrote:
Jon-

You *do* have separate root and home partitions, right?


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Adrien <[address removed]> wrote:
Yes, good point. Jon could also just pull the hard drive from the system, put it in an external case, install a new hard drive and some Linux distro, then mount the external drive and copy his files to the new system. Or, log into a root shell and do an "apt-get dist-upgrade", which won't touch his personal data so if it fails he can still pull the drive to recover those files.



--- On Tue, 4/2/13, Mark Wieder <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Mark Wieder <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [ruby-81] Kubuntu gui failure...
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 11:17 AM


But maybe more to the immediate point:

A: can you run startx?

B: try running sudo vi /var/log/Xorg.0.log


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Mark Wieder <[address removed]> wrote:
Agreed. I switched to Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon recently and haven't looked back.
BTW - the latest Ubuntu release is 12.10.


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Adrien <[address removed]> wrote:
Forgot to mention Linux Mint also has a KDE release:  http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2271



--- On Mon, 4/1/13, Jon Seidel <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Jon Seidel <[address removed]>
Subject: [ruby-81] Kubuntu gui failure...
To: [address removed]
Date: Monday, April 1, 2013, 9:36 PM

I have a Kubuntu 10.04 system that I use for software development. I've had it for quite a while and things have been working well - no unexplained glitches. I've got it setup so that it automatically boots into the KDE gui.

A few days ago, it stopped initializing the gui and just drops me into a character mode screen. I can login there, but no graphical interface. I've got the nvidia drivers installed and have two monitors configured which has also been working fine.

dmesg has nothing that seems relevant. I've tested the graphics card and it seems to be just fine, as is my other hardware. I may have done a security update recently, but don't know which ones as I rarely reboot this machine.

What should I be looking for or trying out to resolve this issue?

Thanks much...jon

Jon Seidel, CMC®

Effective Decisions... Priceless!

 





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