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Will installing Ubuntu reformat my laptop?

#11R0N1N187(Topic Creator)Posted 1/5/2014 12:40:52 AM
Almost forgot, what about the drivers? Are they needed or do they stay after reformat?
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#12WyzeGyePosted 1/5/2014 1:18:06 AM
ivanwind15 posted...
turbovirgin posted...
Yes it will give you the option to


No option because it has to.


that's not true... it gives you the option to install alongside windows.
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#13WyzeGyePosted 1/5/2014 1:19:49 AM
What kind of laptop is it? I'd install xubuntu on an XP era laptop.

Don't worry about drivers. they're built in. and for a new user, if something doesnt have drivers, you're better off putting Windows on your laptop than trying to add them.
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#14petran78Posted 1/5/2014 2:38:40 AM
WyzeGye posted...
ivanwind15 posted...
turbovirgin posted...
Yes it will give you the option to


No option because it has to.


that's not true... it gives you the option to install alongside windows.


Not always. Older ubuntu versions allowed to allocate free space in the windows partition. But ubuntu 12.10 force you to delete windows partitions.unless you use wubi, but its limited at 30 gb.
Dont know why they screwed with that option. Install was so easy that way
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#15New LinkPosted 1/5/2014 4:16:02 AM
petran78 posted...
WyzeGye posted...
ivanwind15 posted...
turbovirgin posted...
Yes it will give you the option to


No option because it has to.


that's not true... it gives you the option to install alongside windows.


Not always. Older ubuntu versions allowed to allocate free space in the windows partition. But ubuntu 12.10 force you to delete windows partitions.unless you use wubi, but its limited at 30 gb.
Dont know why they screwed with that option. Install was so easy that way


Regardless it's still possible by setting up your patition space prior to install.

TC, it Can be installed instead of or along side windows, even if Petran doesnt know how.

As per drivers, most devices are supported in the kernel, many more than Windows supports OOTB. There are a few companies that you'll probably have to grab the driver manually, such as Broadcom's chips (namely their wifi cards).

If you're using Ubuntu and nvidia, i'd use their built in jockey-gtk application to grab the latest proprietary nvidia drivers. For AMD just use the OSS drivers in the kernel, as with linux 3.10 they got some major improvements (just make sure you're running a kernel new enough to take advantage of it)

TC, with updates, all of your updates, from the grub microkernel which runs BEFORE your operating system boots, up to firefok and skype, are all handled under the same update utility. New version of ubuntu ships? Simply use the same update utility and tell it you want the newest release along with the application updates.

Reformat for new installs? No that's a windows thing. Just set up a dedicated /home and you'll be able to happily install/reinstall/change distributions and everything without affecting your important data.
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#16teknic1200Posted 1/5/2014 4:58:18 AM
as for updates, if everything works you do not need to update.

if it ain't broke and all of that. If you do have custom drivers any kernel update will require you to recompile the drivers.. something to keep in mind.
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#17petran78Posted 1/5/2014 8:17:19 AM
New Link posted...


Regardless it's still possible by setting up your patition space prior to install.

TC, it Can be installed instead of or along side windows, even if Petran doesnt know how.



I know and I could do it. but they made it much harder by forcing you to create an extra Windows partition, when in previous versions Ubuntu made it automatically by allocating free space from any partition.

not the easiest thing for a lot of users and not the best choice to bring new users to Ubuntu, let alone other distros.

Creating partitions is too advanced for new users. it can erase the whole disk.

also when I updated Ubuntu everything went fine. But after a certain kernel update I couldnt log on with any password. Had to enter guest mode or command line. tried every possible option I could find on the internet but without result. Uninstalled (through WUBI) and never bothered again.

Such things may be piece of cake for power users, but not for me and for a lot of others. Glad I didnt use it as primary OS

Ubuntu was more user friendly 4 years ago with 10.04 than it is today
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#18d209999Posted 1/5/2014 8:22:54 AM
petran78 posted...
WyzeGye posted...
ivanwind15 posted...
turbovirgin posted...
Yes it will give you the option to


No option because it has to.


that's not true... it gives you the option to install alongside windows.


Not always. Older ubuntu versions allowed to allocate free space in the windows partition. But ubuntu 12.10 force you to delete windows partitions.unless you use wubi, but its limited at 30 gb.
Dont know why they screwed with that option. Install was so easy that way


Is that a 12.10 only issue? When I installed 13.10 on my Windows 7 computer, it gave me the option to size my Ubuntu partition to whatever I wanted.
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#19TimePharaohPosted 1/5/2014 12:52:03 PM
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/916373-pc/68238448

Just go ahead and give up at this point
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#20PraetorXynPosted 1/5/2014 1:04:27 PM
I'd personally avoid Ubuntu if I were you, their new Unity UI is awful.
Get Xubuntu, which is Ubuntu with XCFE. It also happens to be an official release if I'm not mistaken.
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