Thank you, Jonathan!

  To sum it al up - I purposely test on an older Dell D600 laptop (don't
have the exact specs in front of me at the moment as I'm out in the field -
off the top of my head there's 1 GB RAM and a 40 GB hard drive). I do this
as I often run across clients with older systems who either can't afford to,
or don't wish to buy new systems, but still want to be able to stay
connected. So, I offer to install Linux (in most cases, Ubuntu.)
 I admit - had a momentary lapse in resoning! Don't know why I didn't simply
tell the machine to boot from CD!
I too have always felt WUBI is somewhat odd, however I have found it useful
when asked to test installation CD's with multiple Linux distributions on
them (sounds a bit fishy - I know! But I have run across some techies who
are trying to create "all-in-one" distrubution disks!)
 I've been testing disturbutions for a few years now. However, I only
recently heard about Lubuntu - I was speaking to a fellow techie and he
mentioned it, so of course I was interested!
 Thanks for all your help and info! Sorry if I wasted any of your time with
such a "noob" over sight!
On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:51 AM, Jonathan Marsden <>wrote:

> Leo,
> On 05/01/2011 06:15 AM, Leo Allen wrote:
> > I did not do any beta versions, so I am not sure wether wubi worked
> > with them  or not.
> OK.  It looks as though wubi wasn't tested, and so probably doesn't
> work.  We need to add wubi to the list of things to test for Lubuntu
> 11.10, so we don't make the same mistake then that we seem to have made
> this time!  But that doesn't help you right now.
> > You mention to try as a normal graphical installer - is there a
> > particular file I need to point to to begin the installation?
> No.  Instead, you would just boot the computer from the Lubuntu CD. Put
> the Lubuntu CD in the drive, then reboot the computer.  That will
> (usually) automatically run the install menu from the CD.  Windows (or
> any other operating system on your hard disk) never even has a chance to
> even start to run, if you do this :)
> If doing that still runs Windows, you might have to press F10 or F12 as
> the computer starts up so it will offer a little "boot menu" from which
> you can choose to boot from CD. (You can change CMOS settings instead,
> but that's a bit more complex to describe).
> > This is being installed on a Windows XP Pro system (as I've found
> > with other Linux versions, XP is the most "friendly").
> OK...  Do you want to keep your XP Pro installation and files intact, or
> are you planning to wipe it out and replace it with Lubuntu?  Or, do you
> want to repartition the hard drive so that (for example) half the disk
> space is for XP Pro, and half is for Linux?
> Do you have a good up to date backup of the Windows installation and all
> your files, somewhere not on that same PC?  If not, creating such a
> backup is a good idea, as a precaution (against hardware issues or other
> accidents, as well as against making mistakes when trying to share the
> disk between Windows and Lubuntu).  So if you are going to share the PC
> between Windows and Lubuntu, it would be wise to take the time to make a
> good full backup of the machine as it is now, before you do anything
> else.  Just in case :)
> Wubi is (in my biased opinion!) a somewhat odd hybrid installation
> approach, that installs Linux (Lubuntu, if it worked) into some big
> files inside Windows... but that is not the usual way to install any
> Linux distribution.
> > I'm anxious to give Lubuntu a try ...
> Good :)
> If you are a newcomer, the safest way is to attempt that first "try" on
> an older machine dedicated to that purpose.  One you have no files or
> programs on that you care about.  That way, you *know* you can't
> accidentally remove your main working copy of Windows and all the files
> in it that you wanted to keep :)
> If you do not have a spare old machine for that sort of "windows-free"
> testing, there are several other alternatives.  Which one is "best"
> depends on your experience level, and the capabilities of the machine
> you are trying to "share" between Lubuntu and Windows.  On modern PCs
> with a few GB of RAM and a multicore CPU, running VirtualBox inside
> Windows, and installing Lubuntu as a "virtual machine" under VirtualBox
> can work very well, but on older PCs it is impractical.
> > - I tried the much-hyped Kubuntu
> > and felt that it is to Linux what Vista is to Windows!
> That sounds as though you have an old-ish PC, or one with limited RAM.
> Lubuntu is designed specifically to be useful on such older PCs;
> however, it is not necessarily designed to be ultra-easy for beginners
> to use on older PCs while also keeping Windows on those same PCs.
> To be able to offer a specific "try Lubuntu *this* way" suggestion for
> you, other than "try it out on a dedicated test PC", it would help to
> know what sort of PC you are wanting to run Lubuntu on:
>  * make and model if it is a well known brand
>  * CPU type and speed
>  * how much RAM the machine has
>  * how big a hard disk it has
>  * whether you are comfortable repartitioning it to free up some space
> dedicated to use by Lubuntu.
> Hoping this helps and doesn't seem *too* complicated!
> Jonathan

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