Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) installation: 3rd Party Software and Codecs automatic download feature

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) has been released! Hopefully some of you have already downloaded the ISO file and installed it on your computer. I’ve yet to install Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat in my computer because I prefer to use the 10.04 Long term support (LTS) release on my file server.

However, I manage to test out the Maverick Meerkat installation on my virtual machine, where I found two things of note. First is that the installer and installation step has been simplified with fewer dialogs and secondly, the installer presents a choice dialog, which enable users to download 3rd party software and codecs to enhance their experience while using Ubuntu. In my opinion, this is probably one of the best decision made by Canonical, which enables new users to download proprietary codecs without distributing it on the installation CD.

ubuntu maverick installation cd

As long as the users are connected to a high speed internet connection, the installer is able to download 3rd party codecs to enable users to enjoy it.

How to install Ubuntu from hard disk (without CDROM)

There are times when you need to (re-)install Ubuntu on your computer and at the same time you are in situation where booting from CD-ROM is not possible.

Luckily I found a post from Deepblue Spaces: Install Ubuntu 8.04 from Hard Disk that contains step-by-step to start Ubuntu installer from the official Ubuntu ISO.

  • It involves downloading the Official Ubuntu ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu
  • Extracting /casper/vmlinuz and /casper/initrd.gz from the ISO file.
  • And modifying /grub/menu.lst file to include the boot the cd image.

For more information, please refer to the original tutorial : Deepblue Spaces: Install Ubuntu from Hard Disk.

This trick is particularly handy when you are installing Ubuntu from a computer with buggy BIOS or where CD-ROM is not readily available