May 06, 2011
With all the components in the case, it is time for the moment of truth – will it fly or crash and burn? When we were finishing the disk drive installation, I asked the students to contemplate what operating system they wanted to install, and I encouraged them to search for a Linux. With the intensity of getting the DVD drive repositioned and the HD in the box, it doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t quite catch everything about looking at and deciding on a Linux. I went into Hackett prepared with a Fedora, OpenSuse, and Ubuntu installation disk. I also happened to have both Solaris and OpenSolaris installation disks, but I digress…
It quickly became apparent that in all the rushing of the previous week, the kids had forgotten to review the operating system choices with one student quickly suggesting that I decide. I was kind of disappointed because operating system investigation could have opened up more discussion topics in computer science – but alas, this is how far we got. Noticing that Fedora was on the top of my DVD stack and remembering that I have never had a problem with Fedora 14, that’s what we went with.
The students decided who got to push the power button, and on it went. With a great deal of relief (we weren’t always very good at grounding ourselves while working in the case), the bios screen displayed on the monitor to a collective hooray! Another student popped out the DVD tray and in went Fedora 14. With a restart, up came the Fedora install menu. I explained each of the install screens and before long, the installation progress bar could be seen making its way across the screen.
It took all of the rest of lunch and 1/2 of the next period to finish the installation. When it finished and restarted, the Fedora log in screen appeared and Elliott, who happened to still be in the classroom for 7th period was able to login and click around looking at the gnome desktop.