Windows Users...download/try LINUX: Ubuntu, for FREE!!!

Created: Fri 8th Jun 2012 – 10:20 AM
Updated: Sat 9th Jun 2012 – 10:20 AM


(T)ABLE (O)F ©ONTENTS:-

1.1 – NO NEED TO BOOT LINUX FROM A SEPERATE DISK: CD/DVD/USB; INSTEAD, DOWNLOAD/RUN/INSTALL/REMOVE IT JUST LIKE YOU WOULD DOWNLOAD/RUN/INSTALL/REMOVE ANY OTHER WINDOWS SOFTWARE APPLICATION

1.2 – REMEMBER BOTH THE USERNAME/PASSWORD YOU SET…SO THAT YOU CAN GET TO USE THESE, LATER ON, WHENEVER YOU WISH TO SIGN IN TO YOUR LINUX: UBUNTU USER A/C.

1.3 – INSTALLATION MAY TAKE LONG…UP TO 1/2 AN HOUR

1.4 – THE LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM IS ENTIRELY FREE…/LOL

1.5 – LINUX IS NOT COMPLEX TO USE, BECAUSE OF ITS GUI-GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE, WHICH WORKS LIKE WINDOWS EXPLAINING EVERYTHING

1.6 – LINUX LOOKS/WORKS THE SAME AS WINDOWS GUI-GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DOES; THEREFORE, IT’S LARGELY ‘INSTINCTIVE’ FOR WINDOWS USERS TO USE

1.7 – GETTING FIREFOX WEB BROWSER TO WORK, PROPERLY/FIRST, MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT NETWORK SETTINGS/CHOSEN YOUR ISP-INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TOGETHER WITH PASSWORD.

1.8 – LINUX WORKS SMOOTH…MORE SECURE AGAINST HACKING ATTACKS/LESS HAVING TO LOCK UP/REBOOT

1.9 – WHERE TO GET HELP WITH LEARNING TO USE LINUX/UBUNTU VERSION: YOUTUBE/WEB SITES/ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS/FORUMS

1.10 – ONCE YOU’VE ALREADY GOT LINUX/UBUNTU UP AND RUNNING/THEN, WHEN YOU NEXT REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER/YOU WILL FIND YOU NOW HAVE A DUAL BOOT UP OPERATING SYSTEM

1.11 – HOW TO DELETE LINUX/UBUNTU SOFTWARE FROM OFF YOUR WINDOWS SYSTEM/EASY: JUST GO TO ADD/REMOVE SOFTWARE, AS YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO

1.12 – I PREFER USING 2 OPERATING SYSTEMS INSTEAD OF ONE/AS, I FIND THAT LINUX WORKS A LOT MORE SMOOTH/IN PARTICULAR, I CAN DO ALL OF THE SAME THINGS I USED TO DO ON WINDOWS…BUT, WITH FEWER LOCK UPS/REBOOTS

1.13 – LIST OF THE MANY THINGS LINUX DOES: USES FIREFOX WEB BROWSER/READS USB/READS PDF DOCUMENTS/SHOWS PICTURE FILES/PLAYS SOUND FILES/ALLOWS YOU TO LISTEN TO RADIO/COMES WITH LIBRE OFFICE SUITE/ETC

1.14 – CONCLUSION


1.1 – NO NEED TO BOOT LINUX FROM A SEPERATE DISK: CD/DVD/USB; INSTEAD, DOWNLOAD/RUN/INSTALL/REMOVE IT JUST LIKE YOU WOULD DOWNLOAD/RUN/INSTALL/REMOVE ANY OTHER WINDOWS SOFTWARE APPLICATION

For an awfully long time; and, I mean, quite literally, years/decades/or, more…; I heard of this operating system called: Linux; but, never actually tried using it; because I just didn’t know how to load it?

But, yesterday, I discovered a really simple and easy way for Windows users to give Linux: Ubuntu version, a try; without having to boot from any CD/DVD/USB stick. First, go to:

http://www.download.com

…and, there chose: Windows software; then, type into the search box: wubi

http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0.html?query...

Scroll down the page of hit results; there should only be 1 search result found; and, you should find the Wubi [Download Now] button located right next to the programs description; click it; then, chose Run.


1.2 – REMEMBER BOTH THE USERNAME/PASSWORD YOU SET…SO THAT YOU CAN GET TO USE THESE, LATER ON, WHENEVER YOU WISH TO SIGN IN TO YOUR LINUX: UBUNTU USER A/C.

NOTE: When you first Run the program; it will ask you to set both a user a/c. name/together with Administror password; note these details down very carefully, indeed; as you will need this information in order to ‘sign in’ to your Linux: Ubuntu user a/c.; as well as, for being able to do other Adminstration tasks/and, set certain privellages.


1.3 – INSTALLATION MAY TAKE LONG…UP TO 1/2 AN HOUR

The application will take a while to load; say up to 1/2 an hour or so; after all, you are downloading a whole entire operating system called, Ubuntu. When the installation is finished; then, simply, reboot your Windows computer; I’m using Windows 7.

When your Windows computer has finished rebooting itself; a Ubuntu start screen appears saying: Preparing to load Ubuntu for the first time…; eventually, you will see the Linux Ubuntu Desktop screen together with taskbar/icons/clock/username/etc; and, warmest congratulations you’ve now become a ‘true’ Linux user!


1.4 – THE LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM IS ENTIRELY FREE…/LOL

I especially love the fact that this Linux/Ubuntu operating system is FREE! Which means that once I gotten used to using Linux; then, I might not need to keep on paying to use the latest version of the Windows operating system, anymore.

Maybe, use Linux for a year, or, so…; then, once I’ve gotten used to using it; know where everything is; and, discover that everything works fine; then, I can completely delete Windows/or else, just keep a dual boot up box.


1.5 – LINUX IS NOT COMPLEX TO USE, BECAUSE OF ITS GUI-GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE, WHICH WORKS LIKE WINDOWS EXPLAINING EVERYTHING

This version of Linux called, Ubuntu; uses a GUI-Graphical User Interface; so, it’s very simple and easy to understand what is what; you just merely move your mouse over the icons, and, a tool tip appears; such as this icon is, Firefox web browser.

There is also an office suite included, as well, called: LibreOffice Writer(word processor)/ Calc(spreadsheets)/Impress(presentation)/-etc. As well as, many other software; I’m still working on learning where everything is being located; and, seeing all that’s there; there’s loads of stuff. Wow!


1.6 – LINUX LOOKS/WORKS THE SAME AS WINDOWS GUI-GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DOES; THEREFORE, IT’S LARGELY ‘INSTINCTIVE’ FOR WINDOWS USERS TO USE

Most of the Linux software applications work similar to using normal Windows software applications, so things are pretty much intuitive; certainly, I didn’t need to read no manual to learn how to use/operate it.

For example, the software is the same; there is email/web browser/word processor.

Also, the software opens up inside of it’s own separte Window; and, each Window has the usual 3: Close[x]/Minimize[-}/Expand [] box located inside of the title bar.

Basically, what I’m saying here is, if you already know how to use Windows; then, you will ‘intuitively’ understand and know how to use Linux, instantly, right away.


1.7 – GETTING FIREFOX WEB BROWSER TO WORK, PROPERLY/FIRST, MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT NETWORK SETTINGS/CHOSEN YOUR ISP-INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TOGETHER WITH PASSWORD.

NOTE: In order to get Firefox to work…; you will first need to go to System Settings icon; and, click on Network icon; from there you will be able to configure your internet settings; such as choosing Wired/Wireless…I chose Wireless/then, AOL/finally, I typed in my AOL router password, clicked, [connect]; and, now, FIrefox browser is working, properly.

In fact, I’m currently using a combination of Linux:Ubuntu/Firefox to connect to Facebook; and, type this message in, right now. LOL I really cannot believe just how simple, straight forwards, and, easy this is; what the hell was I afraid of for all those years, previously…?!

1.8 – LINUX WORKS SMOOTH…MORE SECURE AGAINST HACKING ATTACKS/LESS HAVING TO LOCK UP/REBOOT

Linux, they say…

→ is a much more ‘secure’ operating system to use than is Windows; so, you are less likely to be hacked into,
→ you will encounter far fewer lock ups/and, having to waste very highly precious time, rebooting.
→ it also contains automatic ‘update’ features

So far, I’m really impressed; Linux Ubuntu version works really GREAT! ;-)


1.9 – WHERE TO GET HELP WITH LEARNING TO USE LINUX/UBUNTU VERSION: YOUTUBE/WEB SITES/ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS/FORUMS

If you ever need help; well, there are numerous resources you can chose to go and learn from…

Personally speaking, I would suggest that the best way of learning it; if you’re anything like me who hates having to go read stuff; is just watch a teach yourself movie, instead. Go to…

http://www.youtube.com

…and, there; type into the YouTube search box: Ubuntu tutorial; then, just lie back and listen/watch.

NOTE: It was through my going and watching a YouTube video, yesterday; which is how I did originally discover that it’s possible to download/run Linux: Ubuntu on Windows 7.

There are also numerous other support groups/forums/-etc. Try…

http://www.ubuntu.com


1.10 – ONCE YOU’VE ALREADY GOT LINUX/UBUNTU UP AND RUNNING/THEN, WHEN YOU NEXT REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER/YOU WILL FIND YOU NOW HAVE A DUAL BOOT UP OPERATING SYSTEM

When you next close down/reboot the system; your computer will offer you 2 options…load either Windows/or, Ubuntu; so, now, you have a dual-boot up system; with the option to select running either operating system.


1.11 – HOW TO DELETE LINUX/UBUNTU SOFTWARE FROM OFF YOUR WINDOWS SYSTEM/EASY: JUST GO TO ADD/REMOVE SOFTWARE, AS YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO

NOTE: Whenever you wish to delete Ubuntu; you simply do this…just like you would normally delete any Windows application software you’ve installed. Load Windows, first; then, choose Windows Add/Remove software.


1.12 – I PREFER USING 2 OPERATING SYSTEMS INSTEAD OF ONE/AS, I FIND THAT LINUX WORKS A LOT MORE SMOOTH/IN PARTICULAR, I CAN DO ALL OF THE SAME THINGS I USED TO DO ON WINDOWS…BUT, WITH FEWER LOCK UPS/REBOOTS

I actually was so pleased with being able to use 2 operating systems: Windows/Linux; that I went and downloaded the software onto both my Desktop/Laptop computers. It’s also possible to sync these computers to work together wirelessly, as well.

I’m going to have a whale of a time learning Linux, at last. ;) So far, my experience is due to the GUI-Graphical User Interface, it works exactly the same as when using Windows; only things are located in slightly different areas.

The clock, for instance, instead of being located on the Windows Taskbar; which is, usually, found bottom right; inside of Linux/Ubuntu is now being located ‘top right’. Etc.

Also, the ‘programs menu’ list of icons is shown already open, and, being displayed on the ‘left’ hand side of the screen.


1.13 – LIST OF THE MANY THINGS LINUX DOES: USES FIREFOX WEB BROWSER/READS USB/READS PDF DOCUMENTS/SHOWS PICTURE FILES/PLAYS SOUND FILES/ALLOWS YOU TO LISTEN TO RADIO/COMES WITH LIBRE OFFICE SUITE/ETC

To tell you the truth, I was very worried that Linux might not be able to see/recognize certain things. But, so far, everthing I tried throwing at it works.

USER INTERFACE
→Launcher, this is where you launch applications from. (in Windows it is accessed through the [Start button].)

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS
→Firefox web browser; which is my favourite; which can also include plug in’s
→Comes with built-in office suite: LibreOffice: Writer(word processor)/Calc(spreadsheet)/Impress(presentation)
→Thunderbird, email application can both check/read/write/send
Yahoo emails; also, used for newsgroups/feeds.
→Media Player, I even found a Radio option; allowing you to select channels to listen to.
→UbuntuOne, Cloud application, let’s you sync files between different devices; as well as, being able to access these through a web browser interface.
→gEdit, the equivalent of Windows plain word processor
→The clock/calender can be automatically set from the internet

READS FILES
→I put in my USB stick; and, it recognized it, right away.
→I clicked on an Adobe [.pdf] file/and, it displayed.
→I clicked on a picture file; and, the graphic displayed.
→I clicked on a sound file…and, was asked to enter username/password to install software…and, then, the sound file played.
→Had to load plug ins to Firefox web browser; in order for movie files to play such as Adobe flash.

DEVELOPER TESTING
I used gEdit to create…
→.html file, web page file
→.js file, javascript file
→.css file, casading style sheet file
(I’m sure, there is a hell of a lot more programming languages I can use inside the Ubntu system; but, I still haven’t worked out what these languages are; or, how to access them, yet…?!)


1.14 – CONCLUSION

Yep, I’m really impressed. To tell you the truth, at first, I thought I would just use Linux to surf the net; without the web browser constantly locking up…thus, forcing me to reboot. But, now, I can see it has multiple different options availiable for me to use; therefore, I may very well use this, reguarly, as being a more suitable operating system than Windows was.

On the other hand I’m sure that there are certain things that Windows can do; which Linux can’t; as well as, vice versa. One is run stand alone VBScript [.vbs] files; which only runs on Windows platforms. Thus, I think, it’s most probably best to keep this computer dual boot/as opposed to deleting Windows, altogether.

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