Ubuntu Linux is a completely free open-source operating system that has many useful features and abilities, and this guide will show you how to try this new OS without harming your Windows system, and it only takes five minutes to learn!
This guide will show you how to:
- Download and burn the Ubuntu image to CD
- Shrink the Windows installation to make room for Ubuntu
- Boot to the Ubuntu live CD and begin the installation process
- A step-by-step description of what options to choose and when during the installation, including how to manually partition Ubuntu on your hard drive
This guide was created for Windows Vista (using the disk manager to shrink Windows and make room for Linux) but should work with Windows XP as well as any version where you can shrink the partition through the control panel. This guide was designed for systems with a single hard disk, but may be used on a multiple hard-disk system with minor changes.
One of the most exciting improvement on the new Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty, which was released yesterday, is a vastly improved boot up time. Having said that, your machine boot up speed depends on many factors including the type of system you are using and how many application you load up during the boot up process. The best way to time your system boot up, besides using a stopwatch, is to use a boot profiling tool called bootchart.
Bootchart has been around for some time and most likely some of you guys know about it already. For those of you who don’t and are upgrading to your favourite Ubuntu distribution might consider installing it and time your boot speed.
You can download the package from here or get it from your repository.
After you restart and login to your system, look for /var/log/bootchart, where you should have two types of files. The raw data in text and a graph in PNG format.
Do you suspect your Windows machine is infected? Before dropping cash on anti-virus software, check out this quick tutorial that will help get rid of the spyware and viruses in your PC. It’s easier than you think. Maybe you can’t even boot into your operating system because your rig is so bogged down, have no more fear, Nixie is here!
- Boot Ubuntu LiveCD
- Add repositories manually if they don’t have the GUI
- “sudo apt-get install clamtk”
- Run clamtk then do “recursive scan” on the infected drive
Lately I have been thinking about the psychology of a computer user who is switching from one operating system to another. It is very easy for someone, like myself, to justify many reasons for a windows users to start using Linux, mostly because I am very comfortable using Linux and I understand the advantages of making the switch. But the fact is I don’t represent a typical computer user, aside from the fact that I spend 8 hours a day in front of the computer I am also very proficient with all major operating systems and use them on a regular basis. So obviously I don’t understand how difficult it is for a typical computer user of one operating system to make a switch to another operating system and stick with it. I think in the middle of all the fan-boy war we sometimes fail to understand how difficult it might be for someone to make a switch.