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Do I have to take the “old” Linux off my netbook before installing Eeebuntu?

Asked by DandyDear711 (1512points) April 23rd, 2009

Do I have to take the “old” Linux off my netbook before installing Eeebuntu?

Can I download software, like Eeebuntu, via my Windows XP desk top to a thumb drive? Then install the software from the thumbdrive on the netbook?

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benseven's avatar

If you have to ask, you might want to avoid Linux.

tonedef's avatar

@benseven, that’s completely contrary to the entire philosophy of Ubuntu!

@DandyDear711, this question has a better shot of being answered at the always-handy Ubuntu Forums. I’m currently trying to figure out the logistics of wiping my 8.10 install and replacing it with 9.04, while keeping the GRUB bootloader happy.

benseven's avatar

@tonedef I’m one of the many realists you’ll come across who loves the philosophy / concept between Ubuntu (and Linux in general), but can also see themselves ending up spending more time working on the operating system than actually getting things done.

phoenyx's avatar

First question:
Do you have stuff on it you want to save? If not, it’s easy just to install over whatever is on there.

Second question:
Yes, but you need to set up your usb drive to be bootable with a program like this. You’ll want to do the supply your own .iso option using the iso file you download from the eeebuntu website.

If you need more help, feel free to send me a personal message.

P.S. You’ll need at least a 1GB usb drive to hold everything.

Vincentt's avatar

No, you don’t, during installation it will overwrite whatever is on your disk (if you want it to, which I suppose you do). And yes, you can download Eeebuntu within Windows XP and then start it from the thumb drive.

@benseven – when I started out with Ubuntu, I had to ask questions like this as well. I am now using Xubuntu from my USB drive without problems. You only need to spend more time working on the operating system if it’s not working (the same goes for any other operating system), and most of the times, it does. You’ll never know if it does if you don’t try it.

And yes, the Ubuntu Forums are a good place to get help. As are the Eebuntu instructions.

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