Timothy Murphy writes:
> I recently bought a ThinkPad T43 which is running beautifully
> (thank you, rf, if you are listening).
>> The previous owner was running Ubuntu + Gnome,
> so despite the fact that my religion is Fedora + KDE,
> I thought I'd see what Ubuntu was like.
>> I should say that I have always thought of Ubuntu
> as a rather nerd-ish distribution.
> I'm not prejudiced, but ... in my experience
> most people running Ubuntu drink too much,
> need a haircut and have bizarre political views.
I think you're confusing it with UNIX in general...
> However, I was quite impressed with Ubuntu at first sight.
>> Incidentally, I was amazed how easy it is
> to change the superuser password under Linux
> by re-booting in single mode.
> (The previous owner had just set up a user account for me.)
> Isn't this rather a big security hole in Linux?
> [Can one do anything similar under Windows?]
>> But to return to Ubuntu.
> I ran (as root) "apt-get upgrade"
> and then "apt-get install kubuntu-desktop"
> (I was missing the familiar smell of KDE),
> and in both cases the download ended with the apparent error:
> Setting up f-prot-installer (0.5.21) ...
> installing f-prot
> Downloading file fp-linux-ws.tar.gz.md5 from ftp://ftp.f-prot.com/pub/linux/> No such directory `pub/linux/'.
>> Download failed. Please make sure that
> your computer is connected to the Internet.
> If you see this error although you are
> connected, either the server is down or the
> download location has changed. In the latter
> case you can still download the files manually.
> Please file a bug report against
> dpkg: error processing f-prot-installer (--configure):
> subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
> Errors were encountered while processing:
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
>> Is this just added as a hurdle for Ubuntu newbies,
> to see if they have attained a high enough level of geekdom?
>> I await the voice of the Oracle.
That looks like a broken attempt to package the F-Prot scanner as a Debian
package, which was then installed by the previous owner and never
completely installed (due to the hacked-up FTP brokenness evident above).
Your best bet, in my opinion, would be to remove the f-prot-installer
installer package before re-attempting the kubuntu upgrade:
sudo apt-get remove --purge f-prot-installer
(there may be a more aggressive removal command required, but I'd
leave that to the dpkg wizards.)
For what it's worth, I use Kubuntu as frequently as I can, but I'm
considering moving back to Fedora nowadays, for a number of reasons:
- The "edgy" release was just too flaky; a clean dist-upgrade from
"dapper" on commodity (Dell) hardware, which should have been pretty
painless, was instead a nightmare of misplaced Xorg config files and
- Ubuntu kernels have recently had a tendency to release new kernel
versions without a matching "restricted-modules" package, which could
have resulted in a broken boot if I hadn't spotted it in time.
not good release practice;
- similarly, the Ubuntu kernel-building system (for custom
patching/modules) is a nightmare;
- Fedora support for SpamAssassin is better (in that it exists ;)
hell, Warren Togami's practically a member of our dev team nowadays,
and was a great help when we designed sa-update.
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