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Old 07-25-2008, 08:05 AM   #1
ka4koe
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Took the Big Plunge, Remaining Questions.


Well kiddies, I blew away the Windows XP partition yesterday on my Gateway 4026GZ, and installed the Xubuntu desktop over Ubuntu. Now I have a few questions:

1. During bootup, the options are still still there to be selected, ie a couple of Ubuntu versions, REMTEST, Windows XP and Windows NT/2000 (don't know where this one came from). How do I delete the stuff I no longer need so the computer will go straight to the login screen and I won't have to select anything? If I pick WinXP or WinNT, of course nothing happens as there is nothing there for it to boot. I used Gpart to get rid of the partitions per another's suggestion. Worked great...

2. I tried to install Xubuntu over Ubuntu by a boot CDROM, but it wouldn't do that either. I went ahead and performed the software update for the Xubuntu desktop via the menus inside Ubuntu and didn't try to intall the whole large 544 MB iso file. Am I running true Xubuntu that is "higher performance, lighter", that I hear about.

3. The computer isn't awakening from hibernation or standby mode like it should. I find I may as just turn it off. Normal boot up time is around a minute. The Gateway 4026GZ has a 1.3 GB Celeron M processor, 1.2 GB RAM, and a 40 GB hard drive.

4. My wife drank her cup of WinXP/Vista Jim Jones Kool-Aid, and can't understand why I am making all the fuss about Linux. She is a smart woman, but is hesitant to try new things.

What REALLY impressed me was that Ubuntu recongized my USB 8 GB thumbdrive, my Canon 20D, and I can put a CD-R in and not have to ask the computer to do anything prior to writing files to the disk. The system seems EXTREMELY streamlined. Downloading driver files from Canon to make my camera work on Vista/XP was a pure pain. The Canon site is not a user friend site to get drivers.

Philip Neidlinger
Richmond Hill, GA
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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1--> Open a Terminal and enter sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst and give your passeword when asked for. Now just remove the Windows entries at the bottom of this file and you are done!!!

2-->Xubuntu is nothing but Ubuntu with XFCE as Desktop Environment (windows-manager), which is light and fast. It comes with its own set of softwares.

3--> Just wonder, have you created a swap partition? If yes then how big is it? 512 MB would be fine.

4--> Well Linux is not a clone of Windows and you have to "unlearn" windows to really appreciate Linux.

Best of Luck

Rahim
 
Old 07-25-2008, 08:29 AM   #3
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4. My wife drank her cup of WinXP/Vista Jim Jones Kool-Aid, and can't understand why I am making all the fuss about Linux. She is a smart woman, but is hesitant to try new things.
Everyone is free to use any OS they want.....n'est-ce pas?

Here are the rules / procedure in our household (1 primary computer with multiple accounts + my work laptop when I bring it home.):
1. I am the SA---therefore the main machine defaults to Linux.
2. Anyone that wants to use Windows is free to:
.....a. Boot into Windows and add whatever SW they need. They might also have the opportunity to run Windows, update, configure the network, or set up some directories. I cheerfully offer to show them where the manuals are and maybe make them a pot of coffee.
.....b. Go buy another computer with Windows
.....c. Install Windows on the old P3 in the closet. Same offer of manuals + coffee.

Guess what? Everyone uses Linux.
 
Old 07-25-2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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Swap file

I'll need to check the size of the swap partition when I get home. I'd love to install Linux on our older machines, but one of them has an AL1511 Acer monitor and it has resolution/scan rate issues with Ubuntu and some of the selection boxes are off screen, although Puppy ran fine on a demo disk. I just don't feel like lugging that 20" CRT Reflex monitor downstairs.

PHILIP
 
Old 07-29-2008, 07:08 AM   #5
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3--> Just wonder, have you created a swap partition? If yes then how big is it? 512 MB would be fine.

Looked at it, and my swap partition is around 700 MB.

Philip
 
Old 07-29-2008, 05:49 PM   #6
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4. My wife drank her cup of WinXP/Vista Jim Jones Kool-Aid, and can't understand why I am making all the fuss about Linux. She is a smart woman, but is hesitant to try new things.
I left my wife no choice. When she had a nasty virus infection (on het computer, that is) I pulled W2k off forgood. That is 4 years ago.

Now she doesn't know better, but there are a few rules for you as SA.

If she wants to have Skype or MSN, install it, and do it fast.

If she complains about her favorite web pages not displaying correctly (using flash, java, on-line fashon programs etc) make sure that she has at least one browser which she can choose for that stuff.

Make sure her printer works and she can print out those web pages with holiday plans etc.

Give her a nice background on the desktop.

If you have small kids, make sure she can run educational programs in Wine or if you have to, install a virtual machine.

Install a few games like 4-in-a-row or so. Now you have time to google for remaining solutions

If she is not convinced yet, give her a choice. How do you spend your vacation budget this year? Carnival Cruise Lines, or Windows Vista, Office 2008, McAfee antivirus etc.

Good luck
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