[Wiltshire] Installing Ubuntu

Mike Lennard mike.lennard876 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 14:27:31 UTC 2014

Well Dave, the install froze after the 'Installation Type' screen had got to 4 progress lights, so, if you are not too far away, I would like to take up your offer and let you install Mint and Mate, please. Being a pensioner, I am not sure I can afford a new hard drive, though.

However, I have a few Win NT PCs left after I was bankrupted a few years ago and you are welcome to them, whatever your response, if they are any good to any of you.

Thank you,


Mike Lennard
T: 01722 717 841
M: 07971 258 993
Skype: Mike_Lennard

Every eight hours someone in the UK discovers they may never walk again after sustaining a spinal cord injury. Join me and help Aspire provide practical support for spinally injured people throughout the UK by donating here…
 Save Paper – Do you really need to print this email?

-----Original Message-----
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
To: wiltshire at mailman.lug.org.uk
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.


Wiltshire mailing list
Wiltshire at mailman.lug.org.uk

More information about the Wiltshire mailing list