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Yesterday’s amusement - replacing the operating system on the wife’s old
netbook that had a now no longer supported Windows XP.
First I used UNetbootin to install a copy of Android X86 via a thumb
drive. That 20 minute exercise, followed by some playing around with Android
convinced me that she would not have a good user experience with that
configuration. Too many assumptions on the part of apps that they were on a
touch screen / orientation aware smart phone.
So I decided a Linux installation was more likely to be a better
replacement. I went with Ubuntu 14.04. After a couple of mis-steps because the
UNetbootin downloaded version of the installer was apparently corrupt I
downloaded the current 32 bit ISO, re-installed that on the thumb drive, and
installed that on the netbook’s hard drive.
That went well - up to the point where I tried to use LibreOffice to open a
set of image heavy PowerPoint slides. I’d forgotten what a memory hog
LibreOffice is. But other than that she is left with a netbook more functional
than the original.