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Old 02-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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Linux Newbie Netbook buying advice: XP/GNU and Ubuntu upgrade

I'm currently in the market for a new netbook. I have my eye on a Asus s101H. As a complete Linux novice who'd like to get into Linux I'd like to know:

1. Should I stick with what I know and get one with XP and install dual boot Ubuntu?
2. Should I get the GNU Linux model and install Ubuntu. (Can I just install Ubuntu on top of GNU, or do I need to uninstall it prior to installing Ubuntu)?
3. Can I just get the GNU version and live with it (everybody I know seems to be harping on about Ubuntu)?

I'm not really interested in alternative netbooks, unless the process of loading Ubuntu is without problems.

Thanks in advance....

Old 02-11-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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Whether you should stick with the one with xP, that depends on what you need; I only need Windows when I want to play certain video games, but that's only my experience.
I don't think GNU is the actual operating system, it would be called "GNU/Hurd" if the GNU project kernel Hurd was used.
Any Linux distro out there should be called GNU/Linux correctly because they contain GNU software, but "Linux" is just a more convenient name...
Ubuntu is usually a good choice for beginners, it's user-friendly and has most common features.
Ubuntu has a partitioning tool (GParted), it is able to shrink the size of the windows partition and make space for Ubuntu; note that the Ubuntu partition(s) won't be accessible from Windows, but Ubuntu can access Windows partitions (FAT, NTFS). Therefore I suggest making the Ubuntu (or whatever distro) partition smaller (5 or 10 GB whould suffice).
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As TITiAN said, it will really depend on what you need to use the computer for. If there are particular Windows programs you need or want, you may want to hang onto XP for a while until you can verify that there is a Linux alternative for all your needs.

So if this will be your primary computer and you don't have Linux experience, I'd suggest keeping Windows and install Ubuntu in a dual-boot configuration. Ubuntu is a good starting point.
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Thanks for the feedback, and advice.

Much appreciated.



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