In all it took about 6-hours to install Ubuntu on its own partition on my two Dell laptops and most of that time was unattended while running defrag on the Windows machines. The process is simple and I find the speed and power of the Ubuntu system to far outweigh my Windows environment. For now, I have kept Windows installed on the system because there are a couple applications I’d like access to and I’m not sure how well they will work in a virtual space. Perhaps at some future point I will recoup the Windows space too.
Here are the steps I took to install:
- Download and create Ubuntu CD. Just follow their simple directions for creating and testing the installation CD (1-hour).
- Remove any unnecessary applications from my Windows environment to free up space. Useful step on a smaller hard drive systems like mine (30-minutes).
- Defrag Windows environment (4-hours).
- Restart computer and boot to Ubuntu CD to begin install (30-minutes).
- During the install, I manually created three new partitions (2 GB swap, 10 GB root, and 10 GB home) from the Windows partition.
- Reboot and choose the OS to launch (Ubuntu or Windows).
That’s it! The Ubuntu install comes with Firefox, Open Office, Email application, and many other software options.