Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Oct 2008 15:28 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Bang on target, the new version of Ubuntu Linux is available for our downloading pleasure. Amongst various changes it sports updates to the installer, improved networking, and a new 'Mobile USB' version geared towards the blossoming netbook market. Grab a copy from the Ubuntu website, and check out Linux Format's hands-on look. Or the one at Simple Thoughts. Or the one at PolishLinux. And probably a few other websites as well.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

It is definitely possible and quite common in windows to have the user files kept on a separate drive or partition. Granted, that is in a business setting where there are System Administrators, and a machine off the shelf usually does everything in one large partition.


Exactly so. Most users would not be at all confident in partitioning their drive, and so Microsoft sees to it that most machines are shipped with Windows occupying a single partition taking up the entire disk, which is a moderately effective strategy to keep most users from being able to dual boot (and hence discover Linux).

Wubi is your friend here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_(installer)

Also a re-install of windows normally only takes about 20-30 minutes for me, same as with a Linux install.


Meh.

It typically takes a lot longer than that with three reboots for just the OS, several other installation CDs for motherboard and video card and printer drivers, also requiring a reboot each time, and yet more installation CDs for basic applications such as a virus scanner and an Office suite (some of these even requiring a reboot).

Then you may have to spend 20 minutes on the phone getting it re-activated or registered or whatever.

Typically a Windows install disk is a couple of years old, and so there will be tons of updates to download and install (some of which you really don't want but can't refuse) ... whereas an Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex liveCD (released just today) is far more up-to-date with correspondingly way less updates to contend with.

Edited 2008-10-31 00:23 UTC

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"It typically takes a lot longer than that with three reboots for just the OS, several other installation CDs for motherboard and video card and printer drivers, also requiring a reboot each time, and yet more installation CDs for basic applications such as a virus scanner and an Office suite (some of these even requiring a reboot)."

Well, we were talking just the OS itself. To have my system totally ready from a bare system on a rebuild, with my scanner and printer working, as well as webcam and office software, takes a total time of 60 minutes. So 1 hour from bare bones to being completely ready on the windows side. For Linux in the same scenario, by the time I have it configured to see everything and work just as good as windows takes about 60 minutes as well from start to finish. In the Linux case however it is the hardware that takes a bit to get working properly, as Office software and the like is already there. I will agree with you on that point.

"Then you may have to spend 20 minutes on the phone getting it re-activated or registered or whatever."

I have heard of this, though I have never personally experienced it. Due to my constant learning and purposely breaking things at times, this system has been rebuilt with the same Windows XP retail cd about 20 times. Most likely I have not had to call as the system itself has not changed.

"Typically a Windows install disk is a couple of years old, and so there will be tons of updates to download and install (some of which you really don't want but can't refuse) ... whereas an Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex liveCD (released just today) is far more up-to-date with correspondingly way less updates to contend with."

No disagreement on this score at all. Is one place where Linux does shine IMO.

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