Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Switch to Linux Post 1- The Beginning

Yesterday I was fiddling with Windows and somehow made it unbootable. I have no disk to reinstall Windows because none came with my laptop when it was bought. Stuck at that point with a useless laptop I had a decision to make, go out and buy a copy of Windows 7 or download a Linux distribution and install it on my laptop. Besides the fact of me being strapped for cash I was tired of the problems and worry that came with Windows. I was tired of the crashing, the resource hogging, the user limitations, and the worry 'is my computer infected with a virus? How can I be sure?'. I wanted my laptop to just work so I chose Linux.

I've known about Linux for two and a half years now. I've always known about the power of Linux but I never took it seriously and implemented it as the main operating on any of my computers. I used live CD's allot for Windows PC's that wouldn't boot and doing diagnostic work but besides that I never took Linux seriously. Mainly because I was uneasy about jumping into the unfamiliar Linux environment. Linux is safe, stable, and uses a third of the resources of Windows(or less). As long as you don't use your computer to play video games and/or use photo shop Linux is a great way to enhance your lifestyle and satisfy all you computing needs. And I can't forget one of the most important part... it's it's open source! that means it's free to download, free to share, and all the software for Linux is free as well. Free software is easily available for anything you'd want do on the computer.

When it comes to Linux there's many different kinds called distributions. So when it comes to choosing a distribution it comes down to purely preference and hardware limitations of you system. Being familiar with the Linux community for quite some time I was quick to choose the most popular distribution: Ubuntu. Ubuntu has a smooth, attractive, easy to navigate interface that's great for the Linux novice. The installation process took me just 20 minutes. After the install my wireless adapter wasn't functional so I had to hook up to my router via Ethernet and install the updates along with other software. Once that was done I was ready to go. My experience with Ubuntu so far has been enjoyable. I can happily say, even though it is only the beginning, I think I'm to stick with Ubuntu for a long time.

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