Ubuntu 9.04 - brand new version of the worlds most popular Linux
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Ubuntu 9.04 - brand new version of the worlds most popular Linux

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Found 23rd Apr 2009Made hot 23rd Apr 2009
If you are looking to try Linux for the first time, or looking to replace the less than spectacular version of Linux that ships on most netbooks then Ubuntu linux is arguably the best version to try. The eagerly anticipated new version came out today and offers a bunch of new features and enhancements over last years version.

Download it here: ubuntu.com/

Hopefully the download servers will work all day, they sometimes go down under the the strain of millions of downloads.

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linux is always free but still worth posting, linux should be on every computer and laptop we have ubuntu 8.10 but will be updating.

this should also get people to use it pocket-lint.com/new…tml

Hot from me, changed to Linux a year ago, best move I have ever made. Still run a dual boot of XP for anything that I can't get to run with Wine but it is only a rare occasion.

Original Poster

Why are people voting this cold? Regardless your views on Linux surely you would accept that a whole operating system and all the software to run on it for 0p is a bargain. Its like voting down a DVD just because you personally don't like the film, its stupid.

downloading now..will give it a go!

What are the benefits of linux anyway?

Uh apart from it being free!

belovedmonster;5013939

Why are people voting this cold? Regardless your views on Linux surely … Why are people voting this cold? Regardless your views on Linux surely you would accept that a whole operating system and all the software to run on it for 0p is a bargain. Its like voting down a DVD just because you personally don't like the film, its stupid.



Probably because its free, its always been free, and probably always will be, therefore its not a 'deal'

I hear Linux is going to be really popular any moment now. Or was that last year? :whistling:

Not really a deal seeing as it has always been free..

My preferred Linux of choice though.

if you don't want to wipe your system to play with linux, just make a virtualised installation using virtualbox.org/ which is also free, you can then play with linux to see if you could get along with it...if not then just deleted the vbox "partition" and your enjoyment of windows can continue uninterrupted.

Already got it earlier today... big improvement over some other versions of linux I tried in the past, although I'm not a big linux user I have to say. Here's a few good points I've found with it:-

1) Free
2) Easy to install - but just try the "live" or on disc version first to make sure you like it first.
3) Comes with software all ready to go such as firefox, media player and so on.
4) If keeping a dual setup with windows you can still mount the windows partitions so you can access files from there.
5) If you try to run a file that it doesn't have software to run, it'll try and find some for you and download and install said software so you can use it.

Only thing I have found so far that I can't work out is how to get sound through my 5.1 speaker setup as it's through optical cable SPDIF - might have to search around for solutions to that one.

Ahh, one more thing, if you've tried the "live" disc and want to install on a computer that already has vista and want to dual boot both OS's.... before trying to install linux you can:-

1) Go into control panel and select "administrative tools".
2) go into computer management and then disk management and select a disk with enough free space for your needs for linux... eg 20000 MB is enough for an 18000MB linux partition and 2000MB swap partition.
3) Right click mouse on the disk you want the new partitions to come out of and select "shrink".... then you can set it to shrink by 20000MB or however much you want as long as you have the free space of course. That way you don't risk losing any of your windows data.
4) Then you can install linux on the free space you now have.

Jeezeypeeps;5015708

Probably because its free, its always been free, and probably always will … Probably because its free, its always been free, and probably always will be, therefore its not a 'deal'I hear Linux is going to be really popular any moment now. Or was that last year? :whistling:



OFI;5015828

Not really a deal seeing as it has always been free..My preferred Linux … Not really a deal seeing as it has always been free..My preferred Linux of choice though.



No not a deal as it's not in the deals section!

Any body remember that Jamie Oliver program where he got one person to cook and they showed another, well all linux users pass your knowledge to a few new people and get them to pass it on.

GAVINLEWISHUKD;5015882

No not a deal as it's not in the deals section!



Yes, that's what happens when a mod moves it ;-)


Rather than use a 'LIVE' version you could always install it to a USB stick as I have :thumbsup:

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bradmca;5015836

if you don't want to wipe your system to play with linux, just make a … if you don't want to wipe your system to play with linux, just make a virtualised installation using http://www.virtualbox.org/ which is also free, you can then play with linux to see if you could get along with it...if not then just deleted the vbox "partition" and your enjoyment of windows can continue uninterrupted.



Sorry but this is terrible advice. I wouldn't recommend anyone test it like that. The Ubuntu CD comes with two ways to test Ubuntu built directly into the CDs capabilities. There is no need for anyone to do visualised installations as you describe, that is just overly complicating a problem that is already solved on the CD anyways. Sorry!

The two ways to best test Ubuntu before you install it fully are as follows:

1. LiveCD method.
If you simply boot up your machine with the Ubuntu CD in the CD drive you can run Ubuntu off the CD without installing anything or touching Windows at all. This gives you a performance hit as running from the CD makes things a lot slower, and any files you save in Ubuntu or changes you make will be forgotten as soon as you turn the machine off but it is perfectly fine for testing Ubuntu before you move onto the next step...

2. Wubi
If you decide you want to install it to your harddrive but don't want to overtly change the Windows installation then boot into Windows as per usual, then run the CD, then you can install Ubuntu like it is any other Windows application. This allows you to test Ubuntu at full speed without changing windows. If you ever want to remove Ubuntu again you just run the uninstaller the same as you would with any other software.

This is how I installed mine to a USB stick (not a LIVE version) pendrivelinux.com/liv…ws/

Although that is the older release, assume a newer release will be added soon or you may be able to change it to suit.

I have a dell mini 9 netbook, which came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed on it - but when I do a check for updates using "update manager", it says my system is up to date. Any ideas how I can get Ubuntu 9.04 on it?

Also, my system came with open office 2.4 - is it possible to update this to office 3??

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horsepills;5016296

I have a dell mini 9 netbook, which came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed … I have a dell mini 9 netbook, which came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed on it - but when I do a check for updates using "update manager", it says my system is up to date. Any ideas how I can get Ubuntu 9.04 on it?



If you did do an update you would have to update to 8.10 first, then update to 9.04, so you are probably better off just installing 9.04 from scratch as each update can introduce problems occasionally. Ubuntu has a migration wizard when you install it that should copy across any old files it finds (Your Documents and such) so it wouldnt actually be wiping your system, so much as installing over the top of it, but I would play it paranoid and back up your data anyways in case you need to manually copy it back into your new install.

And yes you can get open office 3.0 on ubuntu 8.04. Just google it for a million and 1 install guides.

Still a long, long way to go before it even dents Windows domination.

Most likely mass take up of of a Linux based OS could well be the PS3.

linux / ubuntu is my OS of choice for my laptop as its used for a music database / backup. Its smaller than Windows XP and Vista, fast, a lot more secure and FREE.

Downside, its not the easiest OS to learn, especially installing some applications and themes.

heat added mate! downloading this asap

I am interested in giving it a go but however I would like to have a dual boot system. Does anyone have an idea of how do I go about making a dual boot.

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angelking;5020989

I am interested in giving it a go but however I would like to have a dual … I am interested in giving it a go but however I would like to have a dual boot system. Does anyone have an idea of how do I go about making a dual boot.



Angelking, there are literally 1000s of articles online telling you how to do this. Just google it.

horsepills;5016296

I have a dell mini 9 netbook, which came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed … I have a dell mini 9 netbook, which came with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed on it - but when I do a check for updates using "update manager", it says my system is up to date. Any ideas how I can get Ubuntu 9.04 on it?Also, my system came with open office 2.4 - is it possible to update this to office 3??



You could run "update-manager -d".

The d flag tells it to look for whole new distribution upgrades, rather than just small changes. You might also want to check Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources) under the Updates tab, and check you have Release Upgrade to show all "Normal Releases" not just "Long Term Support Release only".

The other suggestion will work as well, but it might be easier this way, especially if you don't have access to an external harddrive (although there are now easier utils to make bootable USB sticks with). However, the new-install method also allows you to mess around with ext4 if you're feeling brave / foolhardy!

uglybeautyqueen;5012918

linux is always free but still worth posting, linux should be on every … linux is always free but still worth posting, linux should be on every computer and laptop we have ubuntu 8.10 but will be updating.this should also get people to use it http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/news.phtml/13702/14726/Ubuntu-laptops-wins-hacking-contest.phtml



Lack of game support for Linux forces me onto windows. It's a vicious circle, game devs won't go to Linux because the market is not big enough but gamers won't go to Linux because there are not enough retailed games available for it.

If I get a netbook though then it is definately going on

TfcIan;5026970

Lack of game support for Linux forces me onto windows. It's a vicious … Lack of game support for Linux forces me onto windows. It's a vicious circle, game devs won't go to Linux because the market is not big enough but gamers won't go to Linux because there are not enough retailed games available for it.If I get a netbook though then it is definately going on



Some linux games support is available via Crossover Games but not all games are supported.

I'm running this on my NC10 netbook now, top notch OS.

Heat added

angelking;5020989

I am interested in giving it a go but however I would like to have a dual … I am interested in giving it a go but however I would like to have a dual boot system. Does anyone have an idea of how do I go about making a dual boot.



Run it off a usb flash drive to see it you like it and can use it before installing it, once you install it it can be a PITA to get rid of the GRUB boot menu! :thinking:

Gitfinger;5036116

Run it off a usb flash drive to see it you like it and can use it before … Run it off a usb flash drive to see it you like it and can use it before installing it, once you install it it can be a PITA to get rid of the GRUB boot menu! :thinking:



can you run from a pen dive rather than a live CD - got a llink for a HowTo?

cheers

dt_matthews;5036179

can you run from a pen dive rather than a live CD - got a llink for a … can you run from a pen dive rather than a live CD - got a llink for a HowTo? cheers



I've used this website before: pendrivelinux.com/usb…ws/

Quite simple instructions I think. Another good way to try it out is in a virtual machine (using the free Virtualbox virtualbox.org).

I've also heard good things about installing "inside" windows using wubi, but I can't personally vouch for this.

jmmL;5037981

I've used this website before: … I've used this website before: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-ubuntu-904-persistent-install-windows/Quite simple instructions I think. Another good way to try it out is in a virtual machine (using the free Virtualbox http://www.virtualbox.org).I've also heard good things about installing "inside" windows using wubi, but I can't personally vouch for this.



thanks, i've just been looking at that site actually. unortunately i dont have a 4gb pen drive to hand so looking for an alternative more compact distro that will run from SSD...

been meaning to give this a go, got a spare pc gathering dust so no worries if i dont like it
used it years ago and found it easy to get onlne, irc and everything. piece of cake if you keep things simple
heat added for reminding me

tRIED lINUX A WHILE AGO WITH LITTLE SUCCESS... i'D SAY IT'S HIGH TIME i TRIED AGAIN!

tHANKS FOR THE LIVENER op!

Bloomin Caps Lock... Grrr!

downloading thanks

Banned

great . used this a couple of times and its great

one of my favorite linux systems.
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