Sonka wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 pm
1# On the XPS 13 the wireless card is soldered onto the motherboard, I’ve heard stories of people calling customer service and getting a customer order, but we shall see. *I’m presuming Intel hardware is well supported as the creator of Solus worked at Intel, or something along those lines?
Honestly, since Ubuntu is officially shipped/supported by this model, Solus will run on it smoothly. It is true that Canonical backport some hardware stacks to their kernel, but we run more recent kernel that they do so I wouldn't worry about that if I were you.
Sonka wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 pm
2# I don’t completely know what you mean by your third point (hence the lack of experience); I’m not bothered about keeping Ubuntu on the laptop. In theory i’d like to replace it with Solus as the only distro on the computer, but I’m worried that I’ll do something wrong and end up with no OS at all or something. Would you be able to guide me through that process or point me in the right direction?
- Also, I believe some distros will partition your drive automatically when you install over another, is this true? And if it is, is this a thing Solus does?
- What are the benefits of manually partitioning my drive as opposed to just replacing Ubuntu?
- What’s the difference between the middle two options on the installer?
- If I’m not mistaken, is the point of a /home thing to keep all your data when you hop distros?
To summarize, there 3 first options in the screenshot are the "automatic" method, you just select one of the 3 options and the installer takes care of everything. The 4th option is a kind of "advanced/manual" mode where you can configure things yourself but of course it suppose that you have advanced knowledge. There aren't much benefits of using this mode to be honest: Solus doesn't offers a very large panel of advanced features during installation.
Normally your laptop should have a RECOVERY partition to allow you to reinstall your system from scratch in case of problem. Just make sure you have such a partition and select the option #2 (Replace existing Ubuntu installation with Solus). You can also check if you can download a factory image of for your laptop from Dell website (at least for windows you can do that). If so you may even want to use the option #3 (erase all content...). That's up to you.
Some people like to have a separated /home to place it on another disk (or even to load it remotely from a server but that's not really a "home" usage, to ease backups, to preserve personal documents & settings in case of re-installation, ...).
I would not advise to use the same home across multiple distributions because this will generate lot of rubbishes (you stop using a distro but all the settings & hidden files will remain) and you will soon or late run into problems for example if you use a same application on several distributions but each shipping a different version and things related to the config were changed in some version.
If you want to share files across multiple OS, the best is to share a drive (could be a NAS or a local partition on your internal disk).
Keep in mind that having separated / and /home also has some disadvantages. It is not uncommon to see messages from people who did under size one of the partition and still having plenty of space on the other partition.
My piece of advise : keep it simple
, don't try to make some things just because you saw messages from people doing so. First focus on your experience, of getting used and comfortable with your system. Don't get lost into details that won't bring much added value. How many people are looking for moving the "Documents & Settings" folder on the D:\ (or whatever drive) ? This is the equivalent of /home and nobody cares and the OS still works !
Hope this is clear for you now