Here’s what the installer does. It downloads HP’s custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed for the HP Mini 1000 and creates a bootable flash disk on your 2GB or larger USB flash drive. You can either use this utility to restore a Mi Edition netbook to its factory default condition or to install the software on a netbook that came with Windows XP.
Keep in mind, there is currently no way to create a dual boot system. In other words, you will lose all of the data on your computer and erase any existing operating systems if you run this installer. HP does include a Windows XP restore CD with the Windows version HP Mini 1000, so you can always go back if you don’t like the Mi Edition software.
The installers may work with non-HP netbooks, but the software has only been tested on the HP Mini 1000. You can download installation disk utilities that can be run from Windows or Linux.