Re: Ubuntu with Windows XP on Dell Inspiron 1520
Go for it! Even if xp is ok - ubuntu is way better. I have a dell xps m1530 and it had Vista. i say no more. 2 days ago i put in Vista as a virtual box - but what a drag! updates and installs for days - no kidding - and now the system takes about 20G on my box.
Just wait a week, so the new 9.10 release is out. It's got some great improvements, download on a live-cd, burn on cd or on usb-stick. Check the download/burn with its own check-app. Install and update - you should have a physical net-conn - no wifi on this start-session. And since its one week away you could download the 9.04 release and play with that for a while - i have this and it's been tested thoroughly - and you can upgrade later.
Since Ubuntu is open source - you should look at this link
to get mp3, flash and a lot of other goodies, just like you have done with xp.
I think its best to do the install from boot, hit f2 or f12, to install from other than hard-disk. Then you'll have all the power-functions going.
This will give you a dual boot with xp still on the box. To be sure; make a back-up before install, but i don't think you will need it.
The hole thing is done in a couple of hours with all the extras. I would go for the default partition setup at first - you can tweak later - play around with it and I'm sure you'll be convinced its the only way to go.
I found this link you should read:
I bet you'll kick out xp after 6-8 mnths. Ubuntu is more responsive - boots faster - no virus - free - more fun!
You'll find lots of info on this forum about more than you can chew. A lot of really interesting stuff if you like to surf.
Good luck and have fun
dell XPS m1530, 4G ram, nvidia 8600m gs
ubuntu mostly trying the latest release