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  1. <div style="background:#f3f3f3; padding:0.2em 0.4em 0.2em 0.4em;">
  2. This is a wiki page for all things related to the RedBrick Ubuntu
  3. release. If you have used this then you\'re encouraged to contribute -
  4. you can edit and add to these pages just by logging in with your
  5. RedBrick username and password.
  6. </div>
  7. 2009 version
  8. ------------
  9. This time, we are using a modified version of Kubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty
  10. Jackalope).
  11. * KDE 4.3.1 with a shiny new colour scheme, so it resembles Windows.
  12. * All software is up to date (as of 4th October 2009).
  13. * Mozilla Firefox with Flash.
  14. * Usual media codecs (support for MP3, DVD playback etc.)
  15. * Desktop has been tweaked, including a new wallpaper and quick
  16. \"Connect to RedBrick\" icon.
  17. * Java is installed with Console.class, robotworld.jar and
  18. graphics.jar.
  19. * Comes with a short but handy user manual.
  20. ### Couldn\'t get a copy of the CD
  21. The DVD image will be available online once it has been released. The
  22. Windows Java installer is still available here:
  23. <http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~receive/java/java-installer.exe>
  24. ## 2008 version
  25. ### Linux
  26. The CD is a modified version of the Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) live CD.
  27. The main modifications are:
  28. * All the software has been updated to the most recent version (as of
  29. Friday Oct 3rd 2008)
  30. * Openoffice, media codecs and other software not normally on the disk
  31. has been included.
  32. * OpenJDK 6 is included on this disk, as well as all the libraries
  33. used in first year java. These will be added to the default
  34. classpath.
  35. ### Windows
  36. When ran in windows the disk contains the sun java 6 installer, with
  37. modifications for first year java, as has been distributed by RedBrick
  38. in previous years. For instructions about how to use this installer see
  39. [www.redbrick.dcu.ie/\~receive/java/](http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~receive/java/)
  40. You can also download the windows installer on it\'s own from this page.
  41. ### Couldn\'t get a copy of the CD
  42. The disk is avaliable as a 1.1GB dvd image from
  43. [www.redbrick.dcu.ie/downloads](http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/downloads/ubuntu-redbrick-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso).
  44. For instructions about how to burn the image see [Burning the RedBrick
  45. Ubuntu image](/Redbrick_Ubuntu_Burning "wikilink").
  46. If you have a slow internet connection, you\'ll probably want to
  47. download & burn the image in the labs.
  48. You can also download the windows java installer without linux
  49. [here](http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~receive/java/java-installer.exe).
  50. This is less than 100mb, and should download much faster.
  51. ## How to use the CD
  52. To use the Live Linux installation simply put the disk in your computer,
  53. and restart it. Most computers will automatically boot from the cd drive
  54. if a bootable disk is inserted, while others will require you to press a
  55. button such as F12 while the computer is turning on.
  56. For more about how to use the live CD read [Using the RedBrick Ubuntu
  57. Live CD](/RedBrick_Ubuntu_LiveCD "wikilink")
  58. **Warning:** The live CD is designed to be used without making any
  59. changes to your computer\'s hard drive, however it also comes with an
  60. option to permanently install ubuntu to your hard drive. This
  61. installation will involve making extra room on your hard drive for the
  62. installation, and should not be attempted without backing up all your
  63. important files and porn to an external drive or cd beforehand.
  64. ### Partitioning
  65. _This doesn\'t all apply to Apple Mac computers, as they use a newer,
  66. more advanced hard disk layout system and boot system._
  67. A hard disk on a PC needs to be
  68. [partitioned](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning) before any
  69. operating system can be run on it. This means that the OS must lay claim
  70. to an area of hard disk space before it can be used. On most laptops,
  71. windows has created partitions taking up the entire disk.
  72. To work around this, the Ubuntu installer includes a tool to resize the
  73. existing Windows partitions to make space for it\'s own one. When asked
  74. about partitioning, select the \"Manual\" option. To use this, you need
  75. some unused space inside the Windows partition. There is also an element
  76. of risk with the resize operation (if the partition contains unforeseen
  77. errors, or if there\'s a power cut during install, data may be lost), so
  78. **back up your Windows documents and files before letting the installer
  79. do this**.
  80. Additionally, if windows has created four or more partitions (as is the
  81. case with some Acer laptops, and possibly others), you may need to
  82. delete one to make it possible for Ubuntu to create it\'s own one. This
  83. limitation is due to the way PCs were designed way back in the 80s. If
  84. you want to delete a Windows partition, just make sure it\'s not the one
  85. containing the C: drive (you can usually tell by the size of each one),
  86. and copy files from it to another windows partition before proceeding.
  87. On the off chance that you don\'t want Windows (or any of the documents
  88. or files created on windows) on your PC at all anymore, you can just
  89. delete all the existing partitions and let Ubuntu do it\'s own thing.
  90. **Partitioning is risky business, due mainly to the risk of data loss.
  91. If you have any questions, or you are not certain about any elements of
  92. it, please ask for help by asking in IRC, emailing helpdesk, or asking
  93. one of us in person at a tutorial.**
  94. ## But, I already have Linux installed
  95. If you already have Linux installed then the live cd won\'t be of much
  96. use to you. To make the same changes to your linux installation read
  97. [How to set up java on your own linux](/RedBrick_Ubuntu_DIY "wikilink")
  98. ## How to get more help/information
  99. The main reason we chose ubuntu to build our live cd is it\'s reputation
  100. for being friendly to new users. In particluar the [ubuntu
  101. forums](http://ubuntuforums.org/) are very active and friendly towards
  102. new users. If you have a question about the java additions to the cd,
  103. you can also ask the [Helpdesk](/Helpdesk "wikilink")
  104. **NOTOC**
  105. [Category:RedBrick Ubuntu](/Category:RedBrick_Ubuntu "wikilink")