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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pixel8r
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2007-08-11

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


Hmm, I've tried keeping user files separate in windows and having a similar setup to the Linux way - but windows just isn't designed to work like that. Applications dont work correctly and its definitely not possible to do a fresh install of a LATER VERSION of the OS and yet still keep your data and settings intact (as it is with almost any Linux).

Also, 20-30 minutes to install windows would be ONLY the base OS. Linux could IN THEORY be installed in about 2 minutes with all the functionality that windows has "out of the box".

A windows install, whilst keeping all of your applications and settings intact (including ALL of your applications upgraded to latest versions if available), would be impossible in say less than 2 hours...
You'd need to install each application individually, and a lot of windows apps come on CD or DVD making the process a lot more tedious.

You may prefer windows for many other things and I dont question that...

but OS installs and upgrades are one area where Linux simply smashes the competition, mainly due to the UNIX-like design.

Another thing I hated about windows was when upgrading a motherboard or something - it would refuse to boot due to drivers etc and often a reinstall was necessary, followed by all my applications and then settings. In Linux, it'd just boot right up with the new hardware - no setup needed.

I know there are reasons for that - but yeah, just pointing out a couple areas where Linux really is better.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"A windows install, whilst keeping all of your applications and settings intact (including ALL of your applications upgraded to latest versions if available), would be impossible in say less than 2 hours...
You'd need to install each application individually, and a lot of windows apps come on CD or DVD making the process a lot more tedious."


I honestly disagree with your time frame. I know for a fact on my machine it really does only take 60 minutes from bare bones to fully functional, and that includes all my programs and hardware. The 2 largest applications I have are MS Office 2007 and Nero 7. Office only takes 5 minutes to install, and Nero about the same. The rest all take around 2 minutes each at best. I do have a slipstreamed install I use with the latest updates, so I will concede if I actually had to download all the Windows updates, it would take quite a bit more time.

"I know there are reasons for that - but yeah, just pointing out a couple areas where Linux really is better."

No arguments. I use Linux mostly, Windows when I need to as required by either my job or gaming. What I was answering was nothing about being better or not, just that the items can be done and it does work. For work I am more productive on a Linux host, running a VMWare server with a Windows guest then I am running straight Windows. I Sysadmin a mixed environment with both windows and *nix, mostly *nix actually. As I have always said on any forums..whatever the right tool is for the job at hand. Just make sure the toolbox is big enough to have them all and not limit yourself. ;)

Edited 2008-10-31 03:45 UTC

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zegenie Member since:
2005-12-31

I think he must be using an early version of the OS that doesn't come with most updates. If you need to download all the updates since the OS release, then I cannot possibly see how you can have it fully *updated* in one hour.

But I think you're spot on with the rest - I usually only use about an hour to get it fully *functional* as well. And I guess when you've done quite a few Windows reinstalls, it's second nature ;)

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