Ubuntu Discussion on Ubuntu on the Dell Inspiron Mini range of netbooks.
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Join Date: Jul 2009
08-25-2009, 02:29 AM
It isn't necessarily a problem if you never update (obviously aside from some big security patch or something -- which doesn't really happen).
Check out these two posts below, especially the response by Reflex on: http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/ubun...-4gb-mini.html
Here are my suggestions to take at your own risk:
1. I'm not certain on the size of Dell's stock Ubuntu install, but if it is larger, a fresh install of 9.04 will leave you with 2.x GB (assuming you are using the stock 4GB since you are having space issues). 2GB of space is plenty even if you installed every update possible for quite some time. Regardless, go through and remove programs you don't use (check synaptic and add/remove in the menu).
Note: The stock install of Ubuntu will likely run better than 9.04 for system intensive tasks (such as video) since it is optimized for the hardware, but you shouldn't notice for regular web use.
2. Pick and choose what to update (but continue to do so), do as Reflex suggested removing as you find out about unused programs during updates all while making sure you are good on space.
3. Get a cheap SD card, size of your own choosing, and use it as a second hdd to store all files. (Only have on your internal SSD your OS/Installed Programs)
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