This is another in my series of “posts of reference for my future self about computer crap,” so be advised.
So I got my new laptop from the UPS man yesterday. Since I’ve become sort of a hardcore Linux man, I am wiping the hard drive before I use it. I called Lenovo customer service first, and asked about obtaining a refund for the Windows license. I ran out of patience with that process really quickly. I sent them an email instead, and we’ll see what happens. More to come on that front (or not).
After not accepting the software license(s), the next thing I did was boot into SystemRescueCD from my USB drive so I could run GParted and wipe the hard drive. I found out that the “rescue” partition took up an ungodly THIRTY GIGS of that hard drive. I mean, this is a 320-gig drive, so you actually have about 290 to work with to start, and then after that rescue partition, you’ve got somewhere between 250 and 260 to go. Quite a difference. It was nice to (A) wipe out those unneeded partitions, and (B) know that I’m good enough with these machines now that I DON’T need them.
The Windows 7 release candidate just came out, so I thought it might be worth it to test an install of THAT OS on the new laptop, since I have the space for it, and I’m sort of curious. I installed Windows first, because when I add Ubuntu, it’s going to very polite about the boot loader (adding more options, not over-writing), where Windows is usually a dick.
I was thinking of taking Joe’s advice and setting up encryption with Ubuntu to protect my data in case of loss/theft. I even found a nice guide on how to do multiple partitions inside an encypted volume. However, since I am restoring my /home partition from my old machine, I don’t believe encrypting will be possible. Maybe next time I do a total reinstallation (but I don’t know when that will be). And I don’t believe I would be able to dual-boot with that setup, either…
When I booted up the Ubuntu installation disc, I was pretty stoked about how nice it looked immediately (without any extraneous drivers), and quickly set up the drive to partition the way I like. From the time I clicked the “INSTALL” button, it took about 15 minutes to be ready to boot into Linux.
So with my OS of choice ready to go, I was all set to restore the /home partition. This is the part that took longest. I had the data backed up to my server, so transferring it all over the network was going to take some time. And I needed to copy over 32 gigs.
I will need to pick up a small bluetooth adapter for the laptop. I found a bluetooth adapter on NewEgg that apparently works with Ubuntu pretty well. The other nice part is that it’s small enough that you can just leave it plugged in forever and forget about it. There are still two more USB ports on the other side, so that should be plenty. I’m also going to have to reinstall a bunch of extra software that doesn’t get included by default, but that’s not too tough with APT.
Pretty smooth overall, all things considered.