I just got a dell mini inspiron 10v netbook loaded with an ubuntu 8.04 LTS ( Hardy Heron ) version and I have to say im pretty excited with testing another operating system, aside from windows.
Ubuntu is an operating system based on the debian gnu / linux distribution , and is distributed as a free and open source software. =) FREE ! You can choose free software to download, keep in mind that if there’s a commercial or paidÂ application , there would always be an alternative ” free ” version , like Windows Office vs. Open Office.
The ubuntu version that is best suited for netbook use is the Ubuntu Netbook 9.10 Remix.
The netbook I got was preloaded with the 8.04 version , with a custom dell interface mode which you can switch on / off. The 8.04 version is not that bad but I felt it was a bit outdated and was more to answer dell’s taste and not what the user really wants. There’s a method to make the user interface similar to the netbook remix edition but it causes problems with the system , and that I do not recommend.
Upgrading the ubuntu version is very important since it fixes bugs, makes new improvements, cosmetic changes to the interface , new programs, which equates to a much better user experience.
ThusÂ I highly recommend that you upgrade to the ubuntu 9.10 netbook remix ( karmic koala ) and do a clean install on your netbook ( backup files if you have ). Follow the instructions on the ubuntu site. I downloaded the iso file from my main ” windows machine ” and created a netbook remix flash drive on my usb. If you are using windows machine to make the usb boot disk, if the usb creator in the disk doesnt work, try the unetbootin program , you must be sure what version you will use, might as well double check things since the program can cause system changes on your computer. You can try downloading the netbook remix on your netbook and create a usb startup disk from there if you wish to.
Then start your netbook, go to the BIOS ( press f2 when the netbook loads ) , and choose the usb option as the first choice to boot. Then save the changes, the ubuntu install will then run and just follow the instructions.
Everything will run well except for the wifi. Dell has some issues with the wifi drivers, I suggest you check this site to solve this problem , it is important that you connect to the internet through a wired connection , since you dont have wifi =).
So how does the netbook edition look on my dell mini ? Amazing ! The icons/interface look betterÂ and the interface setup is perfect for the small screen estate of the netbook. The old 8.04 ubuntu version was boring , and this version is alive and makes me want to use the netbook even more. The 8.04 version doesn’t have an update OS feature compared to the later releases so it’s best to upgrade to aÂ later version or 9.10. I can see why a lot of netbook ubuntu users are upgrading to the netbook version , it simply rocks !
I’ll be releasing an icon / wallpaper / complete theme pack in the near future , I hope adobe fireworks runs on ubuntu, havent tried this out yet but Im sure some folks have done before.
If you use a dell mini , i highly recommend you visit this site MyDellMini and check the forums section for your questions.