Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fun with Xubuntu on a CF Card/USB Stick

Update on my robot team's progress. Just spent a few late nights trying to install linux (Xubuntu Dapper) on a CF card and access it through a CF to IDE connected to a motherboard on our robot. It did not work. I guess there was some problem with the CF to IDE adaptor. We then tried to install Xubuntu on a 2GB USB stick. No matter what the online linux geeks say, it will not work. Xubuntu Dapper is too large for a 2GB USB stick. We switched to a 4GB USB stick, and now everything is working fine!

We found that the online Ubuntu forums are filled with posts about this very topic, but that they really try to make it a lot more complex than it really is. You don't need to do any partitioning, the install will do it for you (there are a lot of complicated instructions on how to do this - they will confuse you). Just go with slightly larger memory, and you won't need to go through all the hassle.

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