Installing Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft on a Dell Optiplex GX620

  2006-11-05


I wanted to install Ubuntu on my work computer, a Dell Optiplex GX620, over the weekend. It turned out to be harder than I was hoping.

The bad news is that Ubuntu’s installer tries to use the ati video driver instead of the radeon video driver. You can hop into a console and fix it, but even users with a moderate level of Linux experience won’t feel comfortable doing that.

Once I got that sorted out it works beautifully. I’m writing this post in Ubuntu 6.10 using Firefox 2.0! Time to install some eye candy…

Update:  Despite Ubuntu’s Forums best efforts to confuse everyone on how to enable [I wanted to install Ubuntu on my work computer, a Dell Optiplex GX620, over the weekend. It turned out to be harder than I was hoping.

The bad news is that Ubuntu’s installer tries to use the ati video driver instead of the radeon video driver. You can hop into a console and fix it, but even users with a moderate level of Linux experience won’t feel comfortable doing that.

Once I got that sorted out it works beautifully. I’m writing this post in Ubuntu 6.10 using Firefox 2.0! Time to install some eye candy…

Update:  Despite Ubuntu’s Forums best efforts to confuse everyone on how to enable]1 + Xgl + Compiz, I got it working with too much trouble.  It was fun, but now I’ve switched to Debian Etch because I’m just that big of a nerd.