New OS Install

07 Dec 2018

Last week my hard drive with my Ubuntu 16.04 broke on me. I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary developer environment for the past year or so, relegating my Windows usage to when I need to work with media (i.e. Adobe, C4D, Video editing, etc). I started the transition to using Linux to get more familiar with using the OS, particularly because I am interested in working with networks and most servers run linux, also because the zeitgeist at ITP is Mac. Therefore many tutorials and instructions are written for mac os a unix environment.

Anyways I had a portable installation of Ubuntu and while I leave my laptop at school, I travel with my hard drive. I was pretty young and dumb so I kept my USB cables connected and finally the port became loose. I purchased a new 2TB harddrive from Amazon and I went with a heavy duty drive made of aluminum and supposedly water proof. :smile:

I decided I wanted to try some different linux distros since I’ve been familiar with Ubuntu for a while, my laptop ran 16.04 and at home my Desktop operates 18.04. I was thinking about doing some hard core distros like Gentoo or FreeBSD, but I was scared away by the time it would take to install and configure. So I went ahead and went with something similar to what I already know, KUBUNTU.

The installation procedure was simple, but not particularly straightforward. I created a live-CD to install Kubuntu, but laptop didn’t seem to recognize the external disk drive on boot. So flashed a USB with Etcher and proceeded with the install. The installation is straightforward, but the only thing that confused me was partitioning the drive. Having a 2TB drive for my developer environment seem pretty unnecessary. I feel that 250gb is perfectly fine, particularly since I have my external HD connected I can be saving a lot to the hard drive. Theres a lot of differing opinions regarding Swap partitions, but I went ahead and made an 11gb swap partition.

After all of this I had about 1.5TB of unallocated space, not to be confused with Free Space. Originally I was unable to access the hard drive but I realized that I needed to create a new partition and allocate space for it. I went ahead and made 1TB for extra storage and I have about 500gbs left which I plan on installing other distros on. I particularly am interested in Kali because I’m going to be doing a lot of network security classes next semester, I want to try an OS optimized for network security.

This flavor of UBUNTU seems pretty nice so far. Out of the box I didn’t like the look so much, but after spending a little time configuring the desktop and shortcuts I’m pretty pleased with it.