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Old 11-14-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Linux OS same for laptop and desktop, or different?

I have the Ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386 iso that I have burned onto a DVD. I have already installed this on a secondary desktop computer that I have, but I want to install it on a laptop, as well. Will the same version work on the laptop? The laptop (which I just got recently and is my first laptop) has an application that indicates the battery level. Will this automatically be activated when I install the Linux, or do I need a special version or need to add the application separately? Linux will be the primary OS and the laptop is an IBM ThinkPad T41, I believe. Thank you.

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Old 11-14-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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You should be able to install the same version on the laptop just fine. I believe there's an application in GNOME that indicates the battery level for laptops. The only time you should worry about differences in the version is when you're installing on a netbook, which it doesn't sound like you're doing .

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Old 11-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #3
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Linux OS is the same on all distribution. Flavours (different distribution) simply implement certain functions differently so as to distinguish themselves from and between other distributions. Functions like program managers (apt on Debian, yast/yum on OpenSUSE, etc.), network, applications and theme managers. Basically it is all the predefined selections that diverse each distribution flavour. Some distros may or may not have the latest Kernel release, may or may not have the latest and greatest pretested apps, it is all about the methodology of the flavoured distro your selected. Distributions allow you to modify pre-defined selections usually upon installation.

If you have the same flavour of distro (eg: Ubuntu) then the server verses the workstation/laptop selections only differ in what is pre-selected for installation and download, with most of the packages the same on each sub-flavour (ie> Desktop usually is the same as Laptop, except maybe the laptop sub-flavour may have additional scripts and/or program added at install or upgrade). It is just like ice-cream. I love Chocolate with a vanilla swirl, just like my Linux I use both OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, Read Hat - all the same but for differentiate management methodologies. I use different distro at different times, just like I love Chocolate mostly, but strawberry in the afternoon. It is all a mater of what flavour turn's you on.

So, just like buying food in the local shop, your got to read the labels (included programs apps and device support) to see if that suits you and your laptop or workstation. This is why some laptop suppliers recommend particular flavours of Linux distributions.

Hope this assists you.
Old 11-15-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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Thank you very much! My laptop is now up and running with Ubuntu 9.10 working great!


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