1. Wipe the drives clean and install Ubuntu 8.04.1
2. Install software available through the Ubuntu Repositories that
will help in production and teaching.
- Open Office: Open Source version of Microsoft Office that will open,
modify, and save in the Microsoft office format.
- Specific Edubuntu education software such as KTouch (typing),
TuxTyping, KCalc (Math), Gimp (Photoshop Nemesis, a good graphics
program too), Inkscape (drawing), and Idle (a simple python
programming editor) to go along with my PDF programming for children
book. This is just mentioning a few.
3. Put them in teacher's classrooms.
4. Train teachers to use Open Source software.
Of course life is never that easy. This little beast is resistant to
change, like many of us, and refuses my attempts to change its
identity, thwarting my efforts to install, sweet Linux Mint LXDE,
Linux Mint XFCE, Ubuntu 8.04, Xubuntu 8.04, Alternate and Live
Versions of each. The little Dell crashes, freezes, won't start, or
works for ten minutes, then begins to flash pretty colors of white,
red, green and purple with an alternating black screen screaming error
messages at me! I refuse to give in. I have been here before. I think,
remember that old grey Apple 3G tower? He screamed too. Now he is an
Ubuntu machine that only sings the beginning melody of the Apple
I did try 10.4. It did not work. These computers only worked with the Ubuntu images available on the Linux Dell site. I tried Ubuntu 8.04, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, Linux Mint 9 LXDE, 9XFCE, and different Knoppix versions which actually worked. The problem was that some of the installments were successful, but would crash for some reason or would fail to load.
That is really weird...
But you are not the only one with troubles:
It seems this Dell in particular is quite tricky, at least with Ubuntu.
Have you tried openSuse? Or Fedora?
All the distros you have tried so far that don't work are based on Ubuntu, so it's no surprise that they all don't work.
But it's kind of annoying to be stuck with outdated software for that reason. So other, very different kernels, might help.
Besides that, I would try any of the acpi related kernel parameters, to see what happens.
I had a bit of free time today and decided to tackle the challenge of installing 10.04 again. To my surprise I was successful to a point. After 6 minutes of going online. my screen turned black and then began flashing on and off repeatedly. Now I remembered why it didn't work before. Well, I was not about to give up. So, I got to thinking, I was using 10.04 and wondered if there was a 10.04.1 available. Perhaps there might be some fixes. There is a 10.04.01 with many bug fixes and updates.
This is what happened. I downloaded and burned the iso. image and installed it on the sx260. I rebooted and to my disgust and let down, it did not boot up and I was met with that flashing screen. Ug! Again, I was not about to give up. I started up in recovery mode and let the software do its thing. Then, I went to "fix broken packages" and the system began to do a massive update and replaced many files. And you know what? I think everything is working just fine. In fact, I am using the little beast right now. It has been running for over 45 minutes with no issues. So far 10.04.1 boots up quicker, shuts down quicker, and is more responsive than 8.04.
I am going to continue running more applications and see if there are any glitches. I'll keep everyone posted.
1. Install and run updates.
2. If system fails to boot, go into grub menu, "alt-shift" at startup, run recovery, run fix broken packages. At that point, Ubuntu will search for updates and packages for your system.
Ubuntu people out there, am I thinking correctly here?
Good to know you got it to work!
I usually use Clonezilla Live CD once I have a computer that works. That should save you all the hassle of installing it all over again for the rest of the donated SX260s.
The updates that you get are for all packages installed on your computer, not specific for your computer. I have many times "cloned" Ubuntu computers that had very different hardware.
In fact, I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed on an external USB 500Gb hard drive, and I am able to boot with it on almost any machine that I find. It autodetects all the new hardware, and just boots. No error messages, no "you've changed your hardware! let's reboot a million times!", no nothing. It just works.
In any case, congratulations!