Inspiration for this article came from following Popey’s setup instructions with Ubuntu 9.10 alpha.
- Download Ubuntu 9.10 32bit desktop ISO: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
- a) if you have an external CD drive, burn the ISO to a CD.
b) if you have a USB flash drive: download and install UNetbootin from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/. This is available for Windows and Linux. Use this util. to ‘burn’ the ISO to your USB flash drive.
- a) if you have an external CD drive, put the ubuntu CD into the drive.
b) if you have a USB flash drive, plug it into the Revo (Any USB port seems to work).
- Power on the Revo and hit f12 to enter the boot menu.
- Select CD or USB depending on your install medium.
- Select Default, or wait and it’ll select it for you.
- The Ubuntu desktop will eventually load.
- Have a play, or click ‘Install Ubuntu 9.10’.
- On step 4, partitioning, I chose to use the entire disk. If you don’t want to ditch the shipped OS, choose another option.
- Set up a username/password then choose if you want to log in automatically. Normally, I wouldn’t set this, but as it’s going to be a media centre, you might as well have it log in automatically.
- Step 6 will allow you to check you have set the options you want. Once you are happy, continue the install and go make a cuppa tea, do the washing, feed the cat, read a book; as this will take some time.
- Reboot the machine once installation has finished.
- When the desktop is usable, run the Update Manager – at the time of writing, there were 86 packages to be updated.
- Click on Restricted drivers available and activate the NVidia accelerated graphics driver.
- From this point, follow Popey’s install instructions.
- Whilst following Alan’s instructions, I had to grab 3 debs from Jaunty (rather than his stated 1). These are:
By this point, Boxee is accessible via the Sound & Video menu.
Next task, for me, is to get an external enclosure for my internal blu-ray drive (still waiting for decent blu-ray support in linux).