Hi - first post on here! I big thank-you to everyone for all masses of useful threads and info on here already! Ordered my Mini 9 a couple of weeks back - due tomorrow according to Dell. We'll see!
Anyway, one of my main reasons for buying one of these babies is for a casual web-surfing and access to email anywhere around the house without the hassle of booting up the desktop or worst still, getting the lap-top out and booting up. For me, if things aren't instantly available, they dont get used as much.
So, encouraged by the reported fast boot-up times of netbooks running Linux and tempted over the edge by Dell's recent Â£100 off promotion, I've gone for a Mini 9 1GB RAM 8GB SSD
Now, i've read numerous debates on here on Ubuntu vs. XP vs. Windows 7 vs. OSX etc etc, but I cant see for my casual use that anything better than Ubuntu is needed, but crucially, i'm assuming this will offer the best boot-up time too.
Is this true? Are there better options for near instant access? Does Ubuntu have a sleep or hibernation mode? If so, what battery life can i expect when asleep?