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Ubuntu Linux Free And Easy Install OS

Microsoft Must Really Be Getting Worried About Linux

With the story coming out this week, about how Microsoft is claiming patent infringements against open-source software programs such as Linux and Open Office by Sun Microsystems, Inc. I happen to discover a new Linux called Ubuntu through one of the news articles online. More about Microsoft later.

A couple of years ago, I had an extra computer lying around that I decided to make it dual boot between Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux. The install with Red Hat was through several install CDs, along with a documentation CD, and three source code CDs. It was somewhat of a time consuming job. Then, trying to get the Red Hat Updates to function was even more troublesome, (never did figure it out.)

When I came upon the Ubuntu Linux OS, I thought I would give this a try, especially after I read about some of the easy to use features associated with Ubuntu Linux such as a good graphical interface and numerous free software associated with it.

With Ubuntu Desktop Edition you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Ubuntu has a fast and easy graphical installer right on the Desktop CD. On a typical computer the installation should take you less than 25 minutes.

There are two main versions of the software. There is a desktop version and a server version of the software. The website is very informative about how to download, burn a CD image, verify the integrity of the CD, and finally installing of the software on a computer. In addition to being able to download the software from numerous websites from around the globe, you can request several free CDs, or buy them from one of their world-wide distributors. The download is relatively small in size for an OS, and actually fits on one CD. With high-speed Internet, it did not take very long to download. However, if you are on a dial-up, or have a slow connection, it might be good to order the free disk.

Once the software was downloaded and a CD was burnt, installation went very smoothly and incredibly fast. There were a number of immediate updates that the software recommended, which was automatically performed with a click of the mouse. Automatic updates are what we have all gotten used to with all the Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X software operating systems. But until seeing the ease at which Ubuntu performed the update function, which had been nonexistent or difficult with other Linux systems, has made Ubuntu Linux a really good alternative to Microsoft Windows OS. Once the OS software was installed, it was a simple matter to download, and load programs from a list of hundreds if not thousands of other open-source programs and applications online.

By-the-way, I now have a triple-boot system. One that has Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, and now, Ubuntu Linux system.

Take a look at the minimum computer hardware installation requirements. Note: For older computers with even less memory or hard drive space and with slower processors, Xubuntu is a steam-lined version of Ubuntu. Xubuntu is also available for free. Both Xubuntu and Ubuntu come with lots of pre-loaded software including office applications and Web browsing software. Download Xubuntu here.

For something that is free and easy to use, I would say it is well worth the small amount of time to load Linux Ubuntu or Xubuntu OS on that spare older computer. You might be surprised what you can do with it. As always, have fun.

Jim the online marketer.

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  • Sanjeev says:

    I have vista installed and want some small OS which will consume less memory and energy of my system. Will it work with Vista????

    November 17, 2008 at 9:24 AM
  • Jim Warholic says:

    Hello Sanjeev,

    There are some some Linux distros such as Damn Small Linux that provide the means to boot from a CD or even a USB stick. See list of Linux distributions. I do know there are others, although I am not sure which Linux distributions provide the means to run Linux within Windows Operating Systems, as opposed to having to reboot the system. Do a little research online to find out which Linux distros provide this option.

    It’s important to understand that Linux is typically installed as another operating system in a stand-alone mode of operation or dual-boot PCs. Linux is an alternative to Windows Vista or XP, and not really designed to run within Vista, though as I stated above, some Linux distros can run within Vista, XP, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME without rebooting. There are probably Linux distros that can even run within the Mac OX X environment.

    Hope that explains Linux OS a bit better for others out there in Internet land. Give it a try on an old PC that is just lying around. Install Linux and see what you think.

    Have fun, learn, and share.

    Good luck,

    Jim

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM
  • pete yu says:

    Good afternoon. I wonder if I can uninstall the windows xp OS from my computer and replace it with ubuntu or xubuntu. Please help me on this because I would like to save a lot of disk space and also improve the speed of my computer.

    Thanks in advance and more power to you. God bless.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:13 AM
  • Jim Warholic says:

    There is more than one way to install the Linux operating system. You can install Linux as an additional OS with any computer making it a dual boot OS, or you can do a fresh install completely on the hard drive, essentially wiping out all the old information and reformatting the hard drive entirely.

    If you completely reformat the hard drive, you will lose all your original files and data. If you wish to keep all your files and data, do an external backup of the hard drive using a hard drive adapter.

    Note that the disk space saved will be significant if you only have one operating system stored on the HD. However, the speed of the computer might seem faster if you run Linux verses Microsoft OS, depending on how many programs you had running in the background of the old OS to begin with. It really is the computer hardware; including CPU speed, memory available, and other computer components as to what governs the actual speed of the computer.

    Hope that clarifies it a bit.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:23 AM

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