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CSS
January 17th, 2009, 11:31 AM
I'm about to install Linux for the first time on a laptop after I've ordered a new desktop. This laptop is kind of dispensable and I've never tried Linux in the many years I've been using a PC, so I figure it's about that time! After looking into things, I've decided that Ubuntu is my best choice.

Currently I'm on an XP system that is loaded with stuff. When my live CD comes in, it gives me the option to completely partition/reformat my system so that everything is removed off of it prior to installing Ubuntu?

ugm6hr
January 17th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Currently I'm on an XP system that is loaded with stuff. When my live CD comes in, it gives me the option to completely partition/reformat my system so that everything is removed off of it prior to installing Ubuntu?

If that is a question - then Yes it does.

If you are planning on keeping the laptop yourself, there is presumably no reason to securely erase the HD.

muteXe
January 17th, 2009, 11:34 AM
you might want to try booting off the live CD and playing with that for a while to see if you like it, and to see if your laptop's hardware likes it as well.

minsf
January 17th, 2009, 11:42 AM
not sure what the question is. dont forget to back up, especially if you are planning to install ubuntu on the entire hard drive. (of course, if it's a fresh desktop then there's nothing to back up).

CSS
January 17th, 2009, 11:50 AM
The question was does the live CD give the option to completely partition/reformat the computer before installation, or does that need to be done prior to using the CD?

theozzlives
January 17th, 2009, 11:55 AM
The live CD does it all for you... why don't you just download and burn it?

talsemgeest
January 17th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Also, please use descriptive topic titles. Almost everyone in here has a problem of some sort, so "Ubuntu Newbie" does not tell anything. :)

ugm6hr
January 17th, 2009, 12:39 PM
The question was does the live CD give the option to completely partition/reformat the computer before installation, or does that need to be done prior to using the CD?

As stated before - Yes it does. You don't need to do anything in advance.

redseventyseven
January 17th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Also, on what are you basing your decision of which Linux to try?

I would suggest trying a few LiveCDs first, e.g. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, PC/OS, Pardus, OpenSUSE, before you make your final decision.

You can get a rough idea of which one you like the best before committing it to your hard drive.