This is a wiki page for all things related to the RedBrick Ubuntu
release. If you have used this then you\'re encouraged to contribute -
you can edit and add to these pages just by logging in with your
RedBrick username and password.
This time, we are using a modified version of Kubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty
* KDE 4.3.1 with a shiny new colour scheme, so it resembles Windows.
* All software is up to date (as of 4th October 2009).
* Mozilla Firefox with Flash.
* Usual media codecs (support for MP3, DVD playback etc.)
* Desktop has been tweaked, including a new wallpaper and quick
\"Connect to RedBrick\" icon.
* Java is installed with Console.class, robotworld.jar and
* Comes with a short but handy user manual.
### Couldn\'t get a copy of the CD
The DVD image will be available online once it has been released. The
Windows Java installer is still available here:
## 2008 version
The CD is a modified version of the Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) live CD.
The main modifications are:
* All the software has been updated to the most recent version (as of
Friday Oct 3rd 2008)
* Openoffice, media codecs and other software not normally on the disk
has been included.
* OpenJDK 6 is included on this disk, as well as all the libraries
used in first year java. These will be added to the default
When ran in windows the disk contains the sun java 6 installer, with
modifications for first year java, as has been distributed by RedBrick
in previous years. For instructions about how to use this installer see
You can also download the windows installer on it\'s own from this page.
### Couldn\'t get a copy of the CD
The disk is avaliable as a 1.1GB dvd image from
For instructions about how to burn the image see [Burning the RedBrick
Ubuntu image](/Redbrick_Ubuntu_Burning "wikilink").
If you have a slow internet connection, you\'ll probably want to
download & burn the image in the labs.
You can also download the windows java installer without linux
This is less than 100mb, and should download much faster.
## How to use the CD
To use the Live Linux installation simply put the disk in your computer,
and restart it. Most computers will automatically boot from the cd drive
if a bootable disk is inserted, while others will require you to press a
button such as F12 while the computer is turning on.
For more about how to use the live CD read [Using the RedBrick Ubuntu
Live CD](/RedBrick_Ubuntu_LiveCD "wikilink")
**Warning:** The live CD is designed to be used without making any
changes to your computer\'s hard drive, however it also comes with an
option to permanently install ubuntu to your hard drive. This
installation will involve making extra room on your hard drive for the
installation, and should not be attempted without backing up all your
important files and porn to an external drive or cd beforehand.
_This doesn\'t all apply to Apple Mac computers, as they use a newer,
more advanced hard disk layout system and boot system._
A hard disk on a PC needs to be
[partitioned](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning) before any
operating system can be run on it. This means that the OS must lay claim
to an area of hard disk space before it can be used. On most laptops,
windows has created partitions taking up the entire disk.
To work around this, the Ubuntu installer includes a tool to resize the
existing Windows partitions to make space for it\'s own one. When asked
about partitioning, select the \"Manual\" option. To use this, you need
some unused space inside the Windows partition. There is also an element
of risk with the resize operation (if the partition contains unforeseen
errors, or if there\'s a power cut during install, data may be lost), so
**back up your Windows documents and files before letting the installer
Additionally, if windows has created four or more partitions (as is the
case with some Acer laptops, and possibly others), you may need to
delete one to make it possible for Ubuntu to create it\'s own one. This
limitation is due to the way PCs were designed way back in the 80s. If
you want to delete a Windows partition, just make sure it\'s not the one
containing the C: drive (you can usually tell by the size of each one),
and copy files from it to another windows partition before proceeding.
On the off chance that you don\'t want Windows (or any of the documents
or files created on windows) on your PC at all anymore, you can just
delete all the existing partitions and let Ubuntu do it\'s own thing.
**Partitioning is risky business, due mainly to the risk of data loss.
If you have any questions, or you are not certain about any elements of
it, please ask for help by asking in IRC, emailing helpdesk, or asking
one of us in person at a tutorial.**
## But, I already have Linux installed
If you already have Linux installed then the live cd won\'t be of much
use to you. To make the same changes to your linux installation read
[How to set up java on your own linux](/RedBrick_Ubuntu_DIY "wikilink")
## How to get more help/information
The main reason we chose ubuntu to build our live cd is it\'s reputation
for being friendly to new users. In particluar the [ubuntu
forums](http://ubuntuforums.org/) are very active and friendly towards
new users. If you have a question about the java additions to the cd,
you can also ask the [Helpdesk](/Helpdesk "wikilink")
[Category:RedBrick Ubuntu](/Category:RedBrick_Ubuntu "wikilink")