Where do I begin.  I'm trying to learn how to use and configure Ubuntu.  In the process of installing "Automatix2" I screwed something up on the OS.  Now when I try to run Synaptic Manager I get this error:E: Type "wget" is not known on line 74 in source list /etc/apt/sources.listE: The list of sources could not be readGo to the repository dialog to correct the problem.E:_cache->open()failed, please report.That's one error.  My next problem lies during package installer.  I get this error:"Software index is brokenThis is a major failure of your software management system.  Please check for broken packages with synaptic.  Check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information with: 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'."Of couse i tried Synaptic only to be met with my first problem.  Anyhow, my next issue lies with the partitioning of my hard drive.  I thought I created my own hard drive partition for ubuntu only to realize I installed it on the same partition as my Vista OS.  I tried to uninstall Ubuntu in hopes to do a clean install but couldn't figure that out either.  So here are my questions:How do I fix the errors I'm getting?  How do I do an uninstall and clean install of ubuntu (for future reference)?Last, how do I fix my partition problem?Help is greatly appreciated.  ThanksJulian

Hi Julian,Please excuse my

Hi Julian,Please excuse my density, but if you mean that Ubuntu is in your Vista partition, just boot  Vista & delete the Ubuntu file. Reboot & Re-install.


If I recall, when logged into Vista, I have no access to Ubuntu.  I could be wrong but I can't find any sign of it.  I honestly thought that Ubuntu would create it's own partition and install on it.  I'm confused how they both could be operating from the same partition.  Now, when logged into Ubuntu, I can see the system files of Vista.  Go figure.   


Sorry Julian, I screwed up. When you're in Vista, you can't see any of the linux files unless there's a program installed to do so ( I don't think there's one for Vista yet). You can see Vista thru' Ubuntu (ntfsprogs- in synaptic). Speaking of which- what version of Ubuntu are you trying to install? I've got An Acer with Vista rescue on the 1st partition of my hard drive, followed by Vista (2nd part.), Ubuntu Gutsy (3rd part.), linux swap file on the fourth partition, Hardy Heron Alpha 4 on the 5th, lastly a big fat partition for use on all OSes.I think your best bet would be to install linux again, only this time, give Ubuntu it's own partition. After you do that, you can boot into Ubuntu & clean out the files in your Vista installation.One question, can you still boot Vista?

Re: All kinds of trouble

Hi, this is what I always do before any installition:Rename your "local C:" drive in windows to something easily recognisable!Next when you want to install linux(Ubuntu) remember that the hard drive in use is formated for Windows only, that means all of the available space is for windows files.So you need to create space for linux, by resizing your hard drive or shrink the space allocated for windows using linux (I use a distribution call Knoppix) it has a tool for resizing a hard drive.Once that is done, you will end-up with a partition for Windows and for installing linux(Ubuntu) in your case.This is also known as dualbooting, where you will have an option of booting either Windows or Ubuntu.Well I will not dwell much on that, because of time, I need to take you to the sources.list.Using a progrgam call vim on the command line you can edit the sources list see example

When you see that file,  you can type the hash sign on your keyboard, infront the line that is causing you problems.Do this by first pressing "i" then use the down arrow to go to the line in question.Now put the caps lock key on and press the letter "Z" twice fast, that will save the changes.You can now run


Do all of this by changing to root user (on the command line type" sudo su, it will promt you for a password, enter your password)Hola at me if it is still unclear.