- Lubuntu 10.04 Final
- Linux Mint 9.0 'Isadora' Release Candidate
I used an old version of PartEd Magic (4.6) to re-partition the disk, leaving the existing partition structure in place for Lubuntu (root, /home, /usr, /vmdata, /ext4data) but clearing a 50Gb chunk for a second OS.
I made sure Lubuntu still booted OK before I entered the commands for dist-upgrade in a terminal (there is no update manager in Lubuntu) in order to run the in-place upgrade for Lubuntu 10.04 Final.
It's not a huge download - the last Beta was light-weight and stripped down already, so the upgrade to Final took less than half-hour and ran without intervention.
As a distro, it remains as fast as ever. It's so lightweight, it's not to everyone's taste. PCManFM, the file manager is still an odd piece of kit. Drag-and-drop is inconsistent; there's no right-to-left pane drag-and-drop to move/copy (as far as I can get to work), but drag-and-drop between file manager windows and tabs is fine. Cut, copy, paste is OK. You have to adapt a little. Open Office runs fine, but I spend most of my time in Leafpad which is a perfectly adequate text editor for what I need. I have Gimp for graphics, with Firefox (no extensions) and Chromium running about the same speed, depending on what I want to do when I'm on-line.
It runs so well it has extended the working life of the Evo - not to mention the battery life, which has surprised me - enough for everyday use on the move.
Hang onto your hats for the Linux Mint 9 install. RC