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Default Ubuntu and XP - 05-14-2009, 04:21 AM

Is it possible to buy the mini 10 with Ubuntu but load XP onto it? I have the xp cds already. Will everything still work? Thanks.
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Default 05-14-2009, 04:53 AM

Yes you can order either the Mini 10 or the Mini 10v with Ubuntu. You could later install XP if you wish; there's nothing "inside" that would prevent XP from running on one that came with Ubuntu. You can get all the XP drivers you need from Dell's website.

A word of caution on Ubuntu and the Mini 10 (1010). There are issues with Linux drivers for the GMA 500 graphics processor on the Poulsbo chipset (long story, you can Google if you are interested). Dell offers Ubuntu 8.04 on the Mini 10 so maybe they have worked out the driver problem themselves. However, there are real issues if you want to try the newest Ubuntu 9.04. I have been able to install it on the Mini 10 (both 9.04 desktop and 9.04 Netbook Remix) but it doesn't work good at all. Really bad.
The Mini 10v should run Ubuntu quite well because of the N270 processor.

FWIW, Depending on which Mini 10 you are looking at, Ubuntu or XP on the Mini 10v are the same price at this point. If there isn't a price premium for XP, you might consider buying it with XP; you can always download the Dell/Ubuntu image and install that later.

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Default 05-14-2009, 06:08 AM

Hey thanks for the info. My plan is to buy the fully loaded mini 10. Its just there is a $90 difference between the ubuntu and xp version. I already have the XP cds and key so i figured if possible i can boot up XP on my own and save 90 bucks. Who knows though i might just bight the bullet and pay for it. Still waiting for the 2gig memory though.
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Default 05-14-2009, 06:57 AM

Does anyone know how fast the 10v SSD is? I'm from the UK and we only get the 8GB SSD option. Do you think this will be fast enough?

Also i've got another Dell laptop with an OEM dell disk. This installs on all Dell machines without asking for a key. Does anyone know if this will work on the Dell mini. If not i'll buy a copy of XP.
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