There has been reports of installation failure at the fag end of a clean installation on Ubuntu 9.10. This generally happens when you have a Windows partition in your hard drive. The reason of failure is the Ubiquity Migration Assistant which is used to migrate the ‘My documents’ folder from Windows to Ubuntu. This,in previous releases, would ask for user’s permission to start. But in this edition, it somehow automatically kicks in and while migrating folders it crashes. I have found a workaround for this.
1. Select to boot into the live cd instead of directly installing .
2. Open a terminal after you reach the live desktop and type
$ ubiquity –no-migration-assistant
3. Follow the on screen instructions to do the normal installation
The installation will complete without the migration assistant running.