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Re: Picking up mini 9 Tuesday... few questions - 04-12-2009, 05:04 PM
That is a good question. My mini 9 arrived at my house about an hour after I left to visit family for an extended Easter weekend, so I can't get my hands on it until I get back home on Tuesday.
Anyway, I personally plan on wiping Dell's Ubuntu off the machine and installing plain vanilla Ubuntu. I may hold off a day or two so I can poke around Dell's version for comparison's sake, but I'll get rid of it pretty soon. I'm doing this for several reasons, mostly involving my interest in going through the install process and staying on the "bleeding edge." I have heard good things about Dell's version, and I applaud any attempt at bringing GNU/Linux to the masses, so I'm not doing this because of any negative opinion of Dell's offering.
As I have not done this yet, the only advice I can give is what I read at http://www.ubuntumini.com/ - a website specifically about installing vanilla Ubuntu on the Mini 9.
Dell's version is based on the lpia (low powered intel architecture) kernel, which is supposed to increase the time the machine can last on each battery charge among other things. I've heard that moving to vanilla Ubuntu (and the generic kernel) reduces the battery life a little bit, but we're not talking 50% or anything like that. If anyone has real-life experience with this comparison, input is certainly welcome.
If you do decide to keep Dell's version, I don't think it is that difficult to either remove or modify their customizations or to even install UNR on top of their version. Don't know this for sure, though.
Good luck, and I'll post my experience if there is anything I think is noteworthy once I get going.
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