Originally Posted by tayabi
And finally, aside from the available software and any quibbles one might have with supporting MS, and the customized theme, why would one install Ubuntu over a base XP Pro installation on their m9?
Funny you should ask; I just decided to try Ubuntu on my Mini. My system originally had a 8gb drive and WinXP home. It arrived with the drive nearly full, so I found a used 16gb drive and upgraded. I clean installed windows, office, photoshop, and some development tools on the new drive and it was nearly full. So, I bought a 16gb sdhc to hold my data. End result: it took me most of the day to get the Mini up, drivers and applications installed, and all security updates applied.
So, months later I decided to try Linux and after a bit of research I settled on Ubuntu. I downloaded the iso image and made a CD. I booted from the CD using an external drive and allowed Ubuntu to use the whole drive. It took about 30 minutes, after rebooting, Ubuntu detected my WPA2 wireless network and connected when I entered the key. It took another 30 minutes to download and apply updates (automatic except for asking me for permission). It detected and auto downloaded drivers for my Brother 2170w wireless laser printer and also pulled down the codecs for playing back my MP3s that it found on my sdhc card. End result: less than 2 hours spent and all Windows functionality has been met or exceeded. I have used a whole 2.8gb of my internal drive and everything works perfectly. Hibernate and sleep mode work, but sometimes I do have to click on the network icon to make it reconnect after waking up.
I thought this was a test and felt certain I would be reinstalling Windows in a week or so, but I don't think I am going back. Linux is different and sometimes just plain weird; but it is impressive and very, very polished. I haven't run into the rough edges that I expected to find. So, after my experience, I wonder why so many people use Windows? :mrgreen: