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- Join Date
- May 2011
Several Questions About Linux (ubuntu)
- There's no immediate need to upgrade to the latest version. You can take it as a simple notice that the newer version is ready and waiting. Just make sure to backup all of your important data before upgrading.
- Yes, Linux is fast. You may no notice it while using your computer for simple day to day activity like emailing or browsing the web. But Linux does a great job of utilizing available system resources. There is also no noticeable fragmentation of the disc, or any system-rot over time.
- Yes. Very possible, and a popular option among Linux users. Do a few web-searches for "Install Linux to external drive" and you'll find plenty of good How-Tos.
As for the GRUB issues, take a look here. It's the best written article concerning GRUB management that I've found, so far.
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
Hello and welcome aboard!
1) some users in the past that have tried to upgrade/update immediately after fresh installs have run into various problems; I prefer to tweak my system and create a full system backup before going for any large upgrades/updates.
2) it seems fast to me, but that could be a matter of perspective; I don't feel any noticeable speed difference between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems; the best way to learn about linux is to install it, and get a feel for it by using it
3) liveCDs and liveUSBs are often used for checking out various distributions; yes, linux can be installed on external discs; you shouldn't have to uninstall linux, but instead can simply install over it, or delete the linux partitions, although sometimes you might have to restore your desired bootloader
Hope you'll have fun running linux...oz