So anyways, I have decided to switch to Ubuntu 6.10 but I have the following concerns:
May I suggest that you use (k)ubuntu 6.06(.1) not 6.10, which is under development, can be unstable and a pain in the *ss for newbies?
Q1] You don't need to erase / /boot or swap. You do
need to reformat / and /boot. Be careful here, don't reformat /home by mistake! (Hint: make backups if you are uncertain).
You can leave /swap alone, it'll stay as swap. Just tell ubuntu to use it as swap. To do all this you'll have to choose "Custom Partitioning" when you install. Make a note of just what & where all your partitins are while you are running mandriva. (Useful commands for this: fdisk -l
Ununtu will be able to use your /home partition, but it would be sensible to give yourself a new usrename when you install ubuntu, then you can copy any useful files from your old username to your new one after the install.
Q2] If you have a pentium, you can use the 686 kernel, but I tried it, and it is no faster than the 386 kernel, and there were a few problems with my hardware, so I just use the standard 386 kernel. It works fine.
Q3] Sorry, can't help you with the wireless thing, maybe better to start another thread.
Q4] Your windows partitions will probably be in /media
, not /mnt/windows
. Windows partitions are easy to mount after you have done the install anyway.