[sf-lug] Ubuntu User wannabe!

Ken Shaffer kenshaffer80 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 22 13:35:32 PST 2011

I concur with Jim about running off the live CD or a live USB, which you can
create from the CD and have some update capability (like drivers, your
config choices, etc.).  I doubt there's anything on the HP Tools partition
Linux needs, but since it does give you (or the person doing maintenance on
the machine) some hooks into the BIOS, I would keep it.  If they put the
partition at the end of the disk, not even much space will be lost.  Grub
will probably offer it as a boot choice.
  I never Tell AT&T or Comcast I'm running Linux, but I connect to both with
no problems.  When a Comcast installer asked for a laptop, I did run windows
for him, but after having trouble with IE, he switched to firefox, so I
guess Linux firefox would have done what he needed. (Anyway, my Linksys
router plugged into Comcast is running Linux, so they definitely have no
problem talking to Linux). I hear AT&T's mobile dongles need to be
initialized from a Windows box, but they run just fine under Linux and


> Ken, if I want to destroy Windows and all its minions, can I just wipe the
> whole disk (including the HP Tools) and not lose firmware grips on my
> hardware? Or Linux is magick and comes pre-packed with its own drivers? Or,
> or, if I'm missing a driver, I just make eyes at the multiverse and it hands
> it to me on a silver platter? Yes?
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