Though not a software engineer, but having retired out of the engineering profession and having dealt with MS Windows for a while, I had got vexed up with the hassles of dealing with half baked Windows 10 Updates in recent times. While surfing on the internet, I happened to come across and read quite a few articles on how to learn Linux; the ones written in simple English by Mr Abhishek Prakash on “itsFoss.Community” website caught my attention in particular. Fascinated and impressed by Mr Abhishek’s articles and virtually getting self motivated, I decided to make a beginning as a total novice to delve deeper into Linux, driven by the urge and inclination to learn something new as a senior citizen, with spare time in hand. I wish to briefly summarize the efforts so far made by me:
1. Uninstalled Windows 10 (though not doing away with it totally – may reinstall it later, after its performance stabilizes) from my computer and initially installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which over time has got updated currently to its latest 18.04 LTS version. My experience so far of having dealt with simple Linux coding on the terminal has been interesting, inspiring and invigorating, with Abhishek’s articles acting as the triggers for driving me to self learning. To begin with, it did not appear as difficult as I originally thought it would be. 2. I am in the process of getting familiarized with the execution of the basic commands on the Ubuntu terminal and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. 3. Making use of the Ubuntu terminal, I have successfully installed and am presently using: Lynis security auditing back end software; Clam AV software; Thunderbird Mail & Livepatch activation; addition of frequently visited website url’s like Adobe Reader, Audacity, Bank websites etc. on the desktop; DanielRichter grub customiser – for booting sequencing; SOLAAR software for operating Logitech devices; System booting failure resolution by running fsck manually; Pinta software; hooking up my HP Printer for printing; making a bootable Ventoy USB drive for installing ISO image files (for Windows 10); frequent hanging of the Ubuntu 18.04 desktop (seemingly) resolved by updating the Linux kernel from 4.15.0-112.generic to 5.4.0-42-generic version etc - to name a few.
The two chosen areas where my efforts have FAILED, and where I need support are:
Installing the “hibernate” feature, complying with ubuntu/foss tutorials – made 2 FAILED attempts.
I thought of creating a 30 GB bootable partition for installing ISO image file of Windows 10 in my computer with Ubuntu O.S working, using the successfully created Ventoy ISO file in a USB drive [with the entire hard disk of 320 GB, Ext4 filesystem (Ver. 1.0) – mounted at filesystem root, Linux Partition 1 (/dev/sda1) currently fully dedicated for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS O.S use] but FAILED. However, in the process of partitioning, I happened to WRONGLY create a small (labelled UNKNOWN by the system) 512 bytes (/dev/sda2) NTFS/exFAT/HPFS (Bootable) Partition, which to my mind is of no use (snapshot of the wrongly configured partition is available).
Knowing fully well that O. S hard disk partitioning is a “tricky and a too risky” exercise for beginners, and one small error can cause havoc on the hard disk (loss of data, corruption of files and the Operating System etc), I am apprehensive and lacking the confidence to correct the mistake by myself, to implement either of the following two likely solutions by:
(a) Either removing the wrongly created small 512 bytes partition totally, and going in for making a new partition of the recommended size,
(b) Resizing / expanding the size of the existing partition to the desired/recommended size.
I shall be thankful if I could be provided the necessary technical support for resolving the two issues cited above in the shortest, easiest and the most foolproof ways with the sequential steps for coding.
Is it naive on my part to ask for a direct email interaction, if possible, with Mr Abhishek in this particular instance (for the partitioning problem specifically)?
I thought it would make an interesting beginning, despite knowing fully well that the recommended platform is the “itsFOSS” Forum.
Thanks and regards,