Last Saturday I decided to change things up and re-install the distribution on my main server. It is really a small desktop, but serves its function as a lonely server. With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS just days away, I took the plunge and prepared the partition to hold it. I had not installed Ubuntu server in quite a while and was quite pleased with the ease and speed at which I progressed. Finally, after about fifteen minutes or so, Ubuntu was ready to install Grub. Installing Grub2 has usually gone very well for me and I was expecting no less. Even with a final beta, I was confident the install would finish and I would soon be configuring SSH.
That was until the error landed on-screen announcing itself as fatal. But, I was given an option to try again. Why, I am not sure because the fatal error would return and I wasn’t given any new options, nor any other information. Instead you are left with the only option to quit the Grub install and proceed without a boot-loader. There was a slightly helpful hint right before the reboot and gave a quick how to on booting the system. Apparently I am not the only one to see this bug. It happens right after the message ‘Checking for other operating systems.’. My install was not a dual-boot as I have read in the other cases. I know this was a beta, but confidence was high since this was a final beta release. And I sure didn’t expect this to happen, but it did.
Luckily this was hardly an insurmountable error and with a bit of help from Rescatux and chroot, I was happily booting into Ubuntu Server Trusty Tahr for the first time. I really have to hand it to Canonical. They do put out a fine server product and it is definitely getting better and better with each release. I work with servers on a daily basis, but they are nearly all from Redmond. (Not my choice but I do have to provide for the family.) The Grub2 problem aside, total configuration time was less than an hour. This is including setting up SSH and Samba on an Intranet only server. I admit my server needs are not great, but whatever they could be now or in the future, Ubuntu Server 14.04 would most definitely fill the need and then some.