[Wiltshire] Installing Ubuntu

Mike Lennard mike.lennard876 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 17:59:07 UTC 2014

Hi Dave,

Although I have been aware of Linux since it became available and had a yen to use it, I had to stick with Ms for the sake of business compatibility. However, I am very new to the scene and only found your group when I had problems and googled for help.

Funnily enough, I nearly went for Mint but didn't know enough to feel safe, so I have a Ubuntu laptop now.

I do wish I had found you all before though!



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From: wiltshire-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk [mailto:wiltshire-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk] On Behalf Of David Fletcher
Sent: 02 April 2014 18:49
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Subject: Re: [Wiltshire] Installing Ubuntu

On Wed, 2014-04-02 at 17:41 +0100, Mike Lennard wrote:
> I am installing Ubuntu on a Dell Latitude laptop, loaded with Windows 
> XP. I have bought a bundle from the Linux Shop, which consists of:
> ·         PCLinuxOS 2013.12
> ·         OpenSuse 13.1
> ·         Linux Mint 16 Mate DVD
> ·         Simply MEPIS 11.0
> ·         Ubuntu  13.10
> I am probably being thick but what are they all for and is there a 
> sequence to installing them?

You only need one. My preference at the moment is Mint with Mate desktop. Others will no doubt disagree.

Personally, I'll be waiting until the next Long Term Support version is released before I do any fresh installations. At the moment I'm running Mint 13 on the net book and would probably recommend that if you don't want to wait. The trouble with non-LTS versions is that their support period is very short. Mint 13 is still supported until April 2017.

Whatever Linux version you choose you definitely need to get rid of XP.
I'd go for Mint 13. Sorry, I wish you'd asked here before you bought the distribution media. Somebody here would have done it for you for nothing.

For a friend who I did this for with an Acer laptop, I took out the rather small hard drive and replaced it with a new 500GB drive and installed Mint 13 64 bit with Mate desktop. She's really pleased and the laptop runs better than it ever did. I gave her a SATA to USB cable for pulling files off the old hard drive.


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