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Join Date: Feb 2009
07-09-2009, 05:49 PM
Hi and welcome to the forums!
First option, you can simply click OK and destroy the 32mb Dell partition, let Ubuntu 9.04 use the whole drive.
Second option, if you want to keep that 32mb partition, is to choose "manual" partitioning and install 9.04 on your existing 8.04 partition. The correct options would be: use as ext4 (this is debatable), mount as /, yes format the partition.
Great tutorials (with screenshots) here: Ubuntu on the Dell Mini 9: Screenshot Tour: Installing Ubuntu 9.04 on the Dell Mini 9
(note: that tutorial has a step for a separate /home partition, but this is strictly optional)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
07-09-2009, 08:33 PM
Using ext4 I have seen some significant speed increases (it feels about 10% to 20% faster). It is a journaling file system which means it does a lot of writes which may be dangerous to an SSD but perfectly safe with a standard spinning HDD.
That being said I haven't run into any issues on my 4GB SSD in my Mini 9 and have been using 9.04 with ext4 on it for several months.
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