Installing Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Installation Instructions

  • We are currently using Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx).
    • After installing Lucid you might have a problem running X using the NVidia graphics card driver on some of the lab machines. The instructions for fixing this can be found here. For convenience I'll summarize the instructions below:
      • edit /etc/default/grub
      • add vmalloc=192M to the end of "GRUB_CMD_LINE_LINUX_DEFAULT" (e.g. GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash vmalloc=192M")
      • Save, quit, then run: sudo update-grub
  • To check your Ubuntu version, type lsb_release -a in a terminal

Mac Minis

  • We have been using Mac Minis as the computers on-board the robots.
  • To boot up using an Ubuntu Live CD on a Mac Mini, hold down the C (and B?) keys when the computer starts up.