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.
Richmond Hill, GA