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Ubuntu netbook remix

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by Theprof, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I just installed this distribution of Ubuntu on a Dell Latitude D420 and I really like it a lot... It runs much smother than windows XP pro and I can do with it everything that I would in windows XP on the laptop. Which is primarily is browsing, email, and chatting. I was going to install the regular desktop version but I figured since I don't have a fast laptop, that probably wouldn't be the best choice.

    One of the things that people mention a lot is driver compatibility, and I did have some issues installing the wireless network card driver, but I still think that Ubuntu has come along way and definitely worth a try.

    Nowadays I see companies use Linux more and more and even though running this version on my laptop won't make me an expert, but it will give me some insight and a new learning curve. Eventually I would be leaning towards Linux server administration as well so I could do both Windows and Linux, but until then, you have to start somewhere.

    What does everyone else think of Ubuntu 10.04 from those who tried it?
     
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  2. Simonvm

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    My home server is runinng on Xubuntu 10.04 and I'm very pleased with it.
    It uses the XFCE windows manager.
    With the FTP, Samba, SSH services and Deluge bittorrent running in the background it only takes 140 Mb of RAM :biggrin

    I didn't install the Gnome or KDE version yet, since I needed something lightweight.

    Once I get some money I plan to buy a netbook and install the netbook remix on it (maybe with a Backtrack dualboot).
     
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  3. zimbo
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    I installed the latest Ubuntu to do some uni work (dual booted) and I was also impressed on how far it has come. About 1-2 years ago I could get wireless to work and graphics was a problem too - now it all works out of the box. Out of the box access to NTFS partitions also impressed me - but what did the trick for me was I was working on file recovery experiments and was producing 65MB txt files which Windows would take forever to open - Ubuntu opened them up much quicker which goes to show the junk we run in Windows we dont use in Linux! :biggrin
     
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  4. Theprof

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    It's what I did, I dual booted ubuntu remix with XP.. but at this point I am going to go full Ubuntu with no dual boot on the laptop, I was just worried about getting the drivers to work, but that was a quick fix once I knew what I was doing.
     
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    I know linux has great apps for such things as logs, etc... but the NTFS access is something I didn't know about... I remember having to install SMB in order to access the windows partitions.
     
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  6. Simonvm

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    I used to use Ubuntu quite a lot for home use, but have geared more to Windows 7 on this higher end machine that I built. I still administer it on two file servers at work though.

    I personally found the days of Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" 8.04 and Ubuntu "Interpid Ibex" 8.10 to be my favourites. 9.04 was poor, and 9.10 wasn't much better. 10.04 seems to capitalize on the floors of the 9 series, but it will take quite a bit to win me back. The driver issues seem to be more resolved in 10 series, but that was the fun of Linux, configuring everything how you wanted it, and not the "everything works" experience. But, I guess that is the way Ubuntu is leaning. There are of course still plenty of distributions that cater for the Linux Geeks :oops:

    The netbook remix is very good for low end laptops (notebooks etc.) and you can still do plenty of Linux on them.

    As far as I am aware, you can use NTFS partitions natively in Ubuntu. However, if you are trying to connect to Windows Shares on a Network, then you will need to install Samba to do so.

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  8. dmarsh

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    Got 10.10 installed at moment, still in alpha bit still quite usable just to play with linux...

    Its possible for MS to extend NTFS and these features can be missing from linux for a while. In practice this is most likely to be related to virtual volumes.
    NTFS support comes installed by default, not how safe writing to an NTFS partition is from linux but reading should be fine.
     
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  9. Josiahb

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    I've got Ubuntu running in a dual-boot on my laptop but I'm still too Windows tied at the moment. I'll be looking to rebuild my current lappy with Win in the not to distant future and I'll then look at getting a second purely Linux lappy and pass the windows box to the missus.

    From what I've seen and used of Ubuntu its a very capable distro, not too sure about the amount of stuff it installs along with it but thats the choice you make when you go for a version which is desperately trying to grab commercial market share.

    I'm also looking at Mythbuntu as an option for a new media centre somewhere down the line.
     
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