Ubuntu Linux and Windows on Netbooks
Can Linux run along with Microsoft Windows XP? It's time to find out.
The nice thing about some netbooks is that they are so accommodating with Operating Systems other than Windows XP.
While most come with XP Home pre-installed, it is painless to turn them into a Linux machine or even run Mac OS X (though Apple looks down at this kind of thing).
Ubuntu is an open source version of Unix.
It is free and comes with an application suite including OpenOffice for Microsoft Office-like capability, Firefox for web browsing and Evolution for e-mail.
It also comes with graphic and multimedia applications, and a ton of games.
For those running netbooks, Ubuntu Netbook Remix is specially formulated for small screens. Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 is the current version as of now, according to Miami computer repair experts. Its most requirements are as follows:
- 1GB USB flash drive (thumb drive)
- An Intel Atom processor
- At least 384MB of RAM
Essentially, every netbook made after 2007 meets or exceeds this bar.
Better yet, a version of Ubuntu called Wubi installs as a Windows application.
Some Fort Lauderdale computer repair experts would even say Wubi “self-installs” because one starts the installation on a netbook and then steps away for several hours.
When you come back from your errands, Wubi is ready to finish the installation, update itself and run. Yes, it's really that easy, at least in theory.
Plus, Wubi installs, and uninstalls, like any other application: “You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader.
"It works just like any other (Windows) application.”
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