I have a 4 year old laptop running Vista which is slow to start, slow to shut down. I don't feel it's worth a Windows 7 upgrade and I read in PCA this week about Ubuntu Linux Light which appears to meet my basic needs to get online.
I can't find, though, a download from Canonical for 'Light' - am I just blind? If it's available anywhere else, how big is the download?
Lastly, does anyone have any experiences? How well does it perform in a dual-boot situation, how 'limited' is it (I only need Yahoo mail and Hotmail (preferably Firefox)plus Libre Office routinely) I use an oldish Samsung ML1740 laser printer (would need drivers). For everything else I'd open up Windows.
I'm not an expert user, not totally dumb either but I don't want to mess around unduly.
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I suggest that you download Ubuntu 10.04 the LTS ubuntu version and burn the image to CD.Set the bios to boot from CD first and you can run it without installing.If you are happy with it you can select the option to install it later.20Gb of disk will be plenty and I think 256 Mb of RAM