So I took the plunge…backed up data, put the Ubuntu CD into the drive, and rebooted. Initially I was trying for a dual boot, and despite some extra reading on partitions I must have done something wrong. It said it would reboot into Ubuntu, but a black screen just hung there, so I killed the power and restarted – brief flash of the bios screen, then a delightful message
Missing Operating System
I was that surprised at seeing this that I actually looked down to check the computer was actually there :) So….dual boot wasn’t going to happen in a hurry, and it was obvious that XP was more X than P. Go for the full job !
Much easier – less reading more clicking – though again it hung part way through something (I should have kept notes) but when I pressed the PrtSc button – after working my way along the function keys – I started seeing lots of text telling me about all these packages that were unselected, now selected, now unpacked (?) … and in the end, after a loooooooong time, it booted into Ubuntu, the full jobbie. Brown…..have I mentioned the brown before ? Not the best design decision eh?
Anyway….lots of it works, but my wireless nic does not. I tried to dig through menus but I got lost – I’ll admit that in the end I didn’t know what I was doing, so after checking out the games and a few other apps, I replaced XP in full. What I’m going to do is find someone who knows Linux – regardless of flavour – and trade them something in return for their putting it onto my machine. Seems to be the only way I’ll ever get there I think. Still, it was interesting, my doubts have been dispelled – and I didn’t swear once – honest !
Now to sort my PGP key out again….