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drive reformat and ubuntu installation

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Hello experts,

I have inherited a used IBM Thinkpad ( centrino). It has XP on it, but is password protected and its previous owner is now deceased - so o access to password.

I don't need to access either operating system or contents.  Instead this iss an opportnity to enter the worlds of LINUX / ubuntu. I hope to do this later this weekend.

What would be the cleanest procedure for reformat/install?
( given that I need and want to reformat the drive anyway.  Can I do it with ubuntu, or do I need to reformat some other way first. I cannot open windows beecause of the password lock.)

please can youy let me know which ubuntu version to download and use, and how to set about this?

kind regards,

Alex
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by:4runnerfun
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You should be able to just throw in the Ubuntu installation disk, following the prompts and utilize the whole disk. It will format the drive for you.
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The link for Ubuntu Desktop 10.10
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download
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Also, if you click on the "Show Me How" button on the download page, it has a walk-through for the installation. =)
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Accepted - instructions for the reformat / instal;lation of ubuntu. Accepted as solution though I will only do the installation ovwer the coming weekend - i don't foresee problems.

many thanks
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