I decided to install Ubuntu Netbook on my old netbook, because basically Widows XP doesn’t fit on the SSD once you let it run some updates.
So I downloaded the ISO, ran the universal USB maker, checked that all the networking, cameras, and audio etc. in the netbook were more or less working, installed the non-open source WiFi drivers…
… watched the OS crash…
…Rebooted, and hit ‘Install on this computer’. Then the Gparted-server crashed.
What’s the Gparted-server? I have no idea and there wasn’t exactly an explanation. So I dug around and found that Gparted is the app that formats and partitions the hard drive so the OS can be installed. Fair enough.
I ran Gparted. It crashed. Back to the internet.
It turns out that Gparted can’t use an SSD card due to some oddball bug which can be edged around by typing a string of gibberish into a terminal. Unfortunately you can’t run the OS installer this way, and even if you get Gparted running, it can’t do anything with the HD without then crashing.
Ubuntu has known about this since roughly the end of 2009. Gparted 0.6 doesn’t work. There’s a Gparted 0.8 but you can’t just download it. You need to compile it. And if you do it complains of something or other and merrily fails – apparently downloading the listed dependencies isn’t actually enough to get it working.
So there you have it.
Open source: Dropping the ball while reaching for mediocrity.