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I'm surprised no-one else has posted this, so I thought I might as well! Ubuntu is a free operating system, and is a great alternative to Windows / OSX. I've been using it for just under a year, an… Read More
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8y, 8m agoFound 8 years, 8 months ago
I'm surprised no-one else has posted this, so I thought I might as well!

Ubuntu is a free operating system, and is a great alternative to Windows / OSX. I've been using it for just under a year, and I've had no real problems whatsoever. The latest version is the best yet; it's got out-of-the-box support for lots of mobile broadband devices (great for netbooks!) and even more webcams are now supported.

On my machine, it seems to boot about 15 seconds faster, and is a great option for old and lower-spec machines. It's works fine on a machine with 256MB of RAM, and there's always it's lighter-weight cousin Xubuntu for even older machines.

The download comes with everything you need to get started; a browser, a full office suite, media players, games, photo-editor, instant messenger ....

It's also available in a huge range of languages and has excellent assistive technology for impaired-sight or hard-of-hearing users.

And, most importantly for HUKD: it's 100% free!
It's free to download, or you can request a free CD here: https://shipit.ubuntu.com/

P.S. Let me know if you think I've missed anything important out in the summary!

EDIT: Just to clarify - this is a new release of Ubuntu. The previous release came out in April. It got very hot - 500+. However, like this one, it was also voted cold to begin with. Don't vote this cold people: it might save you £100 or so instead of shelling out for Vista, and Windows 7 when it comes around.

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#2
This is the new version - Intrepid Ibex.

There's a new release every 6 months, and it's amazing the pace of change between releases. Hardy was good, but Intrepid's even better!
#3
Ive been using the older version for a while too. It's much better than what I expected. No luck with itunes is the only problem for me having an iphone. Otherwise, who needs windows?
#4
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PortableDevices/iPhone

That link might help. No luck if your firmware is about 2.0 though (yet!). I use rhythmbox to sync with my iPod, but it's a 5th generation one, so is very well supported.

Nice to see there are other linux users here!
#5
linux/mac...then no windows! ;)
[admin]#6
Already in d/l thread....
#7
Yes , I very much agree with the OP . Ubuntu is an excellent OS . I have used an earlier version and the whole thing loads with Firefox , Open Office and other software . Everything is combined into this OS and you can connect to the net virtually instantly . If you have an spare PC doing nowt get hold of this software and give it a try out . You 'll like it .
#8
juliet_bravo
Already in d/l thread....

Where?

Thanks OP - was planning to experiment (again) & this is just the push I needed!
#9
what is the deal ? should be in freebies section ..
#10
wish i had time and brains to set this up on my little aspire one - i used hardy heron on my big laptop which has now been donated to the bairns to learn ubuntu
#11
scrumpypaul
wish i had time and brains to set this up on my little aspire one - i used hardy heron on my big laptop which has now been donated to the bairns to learn ubuntu


Dony be silly, just get 'unetbootin-windows-282' (If you can do it on a Windows PC) set it to ubuntu 8.10 and put a USB stick (Min 1GB) in and go...... This will then put the new ubuntu on a USB stick so you can install it on your aspire one :) I have done this with my EEE so I am now dual-booting ubuntu 8.10 & XP SP3 and they work great :)...... It really is no work to get Ubuntu working this way without a DVD\CD drive :)
#12
stupid q. what about firewall and anti virus> zone or avg work?
#13
Hi would this work ok as a dual boot with XP
1 Like #14
@dantoe12: You shouldn't need anti-virus with Ubuntu. There are basically no "in the wild" viruses for linux, compared to the 100,000+ for Windows. It already comes with an inbuilt firewall, that's mostly transparent for the user. The package "gufw" will help you configure it if you want to, but the ordinary home user shouldn't need to. If you really want anti-virus there is the free program ClamAV, which I'm told is good. I think there's also an old version of AVG for linux, but I couldn't be sure.

@rain: Yep, it should work fine. Ubuntu has superior hardware support, particularly for old printers or scanners. You can even install inside Windows, using the Wubi installer. It should ask you if you want to do that once you've burned the disc in XP. You can then remove Ubuntu under the "add/remove programs" area of Windows, if you decide it's not for you.

Anyone who wants help getting set up should head on over to the ubuntu forums. Feel free to message me over there; my username is also "jmmL". Mention HUKD and I'll make you my personal project to get set up and running!
#15
I gave up with Feisty Fawn because I couldn't get past the "where in the world are you?" screen that forms part of the install (the very helpful people over on the Ubuntu Forums told me it was a screen resolution issue that was "known").

Does anyone know if it's been fixed in this release?
#16
Don't consider this a 'deal' as anything Open Source is free.
#17
scrumpypaul
wish i had time and brains to set this up on my little aspire one - i used hardy heron on my big laptop which has now been donated to the bairns to learn ubuntu


Chuckles1001
Dony be silly, just get 'unetbootin-windows-282' (If you can do it on a Windows PC) set it to ubuntu 8.10 and put a USB stick (Min 1GB) in and go...... This will then put the new ubuntu on a USB stick so you can install it on your aspire one :) I have done this with my EEE so I am now dual-booting ubuntu 8.10 & XP SP3 and they work great :)...... It really is no work to get Ubuntu working this way without a DVD\CD drive :)


There is no need to use unetbootin-windows-282. This version of ubuntu has a tool to create a bootable USB stick. If you have access to a computer with a CD drive, boot up with the installation CD, choose not to make any changes to the computer and when Ubuntu is running select menu option System / Administration/Create a USB startup disk.
Or better still create a persistent disk ( one that will save changes back to the pen drive ) by following the instructions here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/10/15/ubuntu-810-persistent-flash-drive-install-from-live-cd/
#18
Excellent OS, I must download for anybody
banned#19
Ahh look at all the open source luvies.

Linux is great in certain circumstances, but in a none-expert forum like this, it is a recipe for disaster. I hope jmmL will be supporting personally the people who install ubuntu and K.O. their systems (only temporarily, providing you know how to get back on your feet).

Linux = trouble. yes its cheaper, but heres the one that really hurts the open source crowd: Windows is still Faster. Easier. Better.

If you must try this "experiment" please backup first!
#20
Could you put this OS onto a PS3?
#21
vibeone;3350037
Linux = trouble. yes its cheaper, but heres the one that really hurts the open source crowd: Windows is still Faster. Easier. Better.

As much as it irks me, my own experience with Ubuntu (a couple of posts back where I couldn't even install it because the "next" button wasn't visible due to a screen resolution issue) leads me to agree with you.

My own view at the time was that if the installer was so poorly coded (haven't Linux programmers ever heard of double-clicking as a means of accepting a response from the user?) then the actual OS wasn't likely to be much better.

Note to Linux fans: this isn't a "let's bash Ubuntu" post, just my own real world observation........I'd LOVE something to come along to wipe the smug grin of Bill Gates' face.
#22
Chuckles1066
As much as it irks me, my own experience with Ubuntu (a couple of posts back where I couldn't even install it because the "next" button wasn't visible due to a screen resolution issue) leads me to agree with you.

My own view at the time was that if the installer was so poorly coded (haven't Linux programmers ever heard of double-clicking as a means of accepting a response from the user?) then the actual OS wasn't likely to be much better.

Note to Linux fans: this isn't a "let's bash Ubuntu" post, just my own real world observation........I'd LOVE something to come along to wipe the smug grin of Bill Gates' face.


mind you its not really bill gates in charge now member? :p
#23
vibeone


Linux = trouble. yes its cheaper, but heres the one that really hurts the open source crowd: Windows is still Faster. Easier. Better.

If you must try this "experiment" please backup first!


Humm, I don't know if I'd agree with you entirely there. For a start, Windows isn't faster by any yardstick I know of. "Better" is quite subjective. Sure, Windows is better for gaming, but Linux is better for day-to-day stuff (and it's certainly an easier platform to code on). I'd say in terms of actually USING the software, Linux is now as easy to use as Windows, if not easier. It's certainly easier to install software, thanks to the repositories. It's harder to get viruses though :P

Maybe Linux is a little frightening to install, but no more so than installing Windows. Basically, if you've ever installed another operating system, then you can install Linux. And that's not to say that if you haven't installed an OS before that you couldn't install Linux!

I'd agree with you 100% on backing up though. It's definitely an important first step in the install process. Ideally, if you were installing for the first time, you'd install on a separate hard drive, or even a separate machine. However, not everyone has those luxuries, so if you're planning to install on the same hard drive as another OS, backing up is essential.

Btw, the screen resolution issue in install is fixed. I had that problem the first time I tried to install, but I moved the window round by alt-clicking. However, even on the small screen of an Eee PC, it shouldn't be a problem anymore.

If you do want to give this a try, download it, burn it, and run it off the LiveCD. It won't affect your Windows install at all, and it gives you a chance to find out if it's for you. And it's not for everybody; it would be naive to think that at this stage. I'll see you in the forums!

Finally there is a project to install Linux on the PS3. I believe it's quite easy, but I don't own a PS3, so I couldn't say personally.
#24
vibeone
Ahh look at all the open source luvies.

Linux is great in certain circumstances, but in a none-expert forum like this, it is a recipe for disaster. I hope jmmL will be supporting personally the people who install ubuntu and K.O. their systems (only temporarily, providing you know how to get back on your feet).

Linux = trouble. yes its cheaper, but heres the one that really hurts the open source crowd: Windows is still Faster. Easier. Better.

If you must try this "experiment" please backup first!


I disagree. I had never used linux until a few months ago. I now have it on 3 pc's.

I think ubuntu is faster than windows, ok windows may be easier to start off with as we have been using some variation of it for years, but after a while I do indeed think it's better than windows. Theres no additional software to buy, DVD/CDburners are just a click away, DJ software, Photo editors, all free. The more people who use and contribute to ubuntu the better/easier it will get. Can you say that about windows?
#25
Ubuntu is Open Source hence it is free.

There are other Linux distros available as FREE downloads.

Here's the list:

For Open Suse Linux 11.0 --- FREE download
--- Visit: http://www.opensuse.org/en/

For Mandriva Linux 2009 --- FREE download
--- Visit: http://www.mandriva.com/

For Fedora Linux 9.0 --- FREE download
--- Visit: http://fedoraproject.org/en/index

There are others but the above are the main linux distros.

Hope this helps.
#26
thanks
#27
Ive always prefered to run my servers on Linux. The Administration is so much better than MS 2003 for example.

Its also a good learning curve to learn Linux commands. I dont really like having to use the GUI.

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Learn Linux from the safety of your chair using a remote private linux machine with root access
#28
ok, so my win xp I just loaded is not valid and I can't download sp2 in order to get everything up and running. I do all my work on office 2007, if I use ubuntu will I be able to load office on it?
#29
ubuntu has open source office software as standard - i'm led to believe it opens everything you need it to
#30
have to agree with jmml above - use the LiveCD - it shows you just what ubuntu is capable of without any of the "risk" of actually installing it.

on my old laptop, it proved very stable, with faultless wireless connection etc
banned#31
scrumpypaul
ubuntu has open source office software as standard - i'm led to believe it opens everything you need it to

Yes Open Office. It's like Office 2007, only not as good.
banned#32
I'd run Linux on a couple of file servers - it makes sense. Also on a web server with mysql and php + cpanel for customers.

However, I maintain everything I said about Linux for any end-user uses. Its terrible.
#33
vibeone
Yes Open Office. It's like Office 2007, only not as good.


It depends what you like really. Different tools for different needs. Personally, I can't say I'm a fan of the Ribbon in Office 2007, and OpenOffice 3 is therefore much more like Office 2003 than even Office 2007 is!

Then again, I'm not a "power user" of any office suite, so changing between different programs isn't really a problem for me.
banned#34
jmmL
It depends what you like really. Different tools for different needs. Personally, I can't say I'm a fan of the Ribbon in Office 2007, and OpenOffice 3 is therefore much more like Office 2003 than even Office 2007 is!

Then again, I'm not a "power user" of any office suite, so changing between different programs isn't really a problem for me.

I'll accept the ribbon isn't to everyones tastes, but as I always want to be first with stuff, I've had the beta's to get used to it, and loved it from the day the final version shipped.
#35
I have been using Ubuntu since Hoary Hedgehog, and I am always stunned with the improvements to it every day!

My digital sound out and dual screen now works better then it does under windows!

jtx
Ive been using the older version for a while too. It's much better than what I expected. No luck with itunes is the only problem for me having an iphone. Otherwise, who needs windows?


You can sync iPhone, with windows running in VMware, and use Ubuntus file sharing to map your music folder to iTunes in a virtual machine. I have done this, it works flawlessly!

It must be 'The year of the Linux Desktop!' ;)
banned#36
i0null
I have been using Ubuntu since Hoary Hedgehog, and I am always stunned with the improvements to it every day!

My digital sound out and dual screen now works better then it does under windows!



You can sync iPhone, with windows running in VMware, and use Ubuntus file sharing to map your music folder to iTunes in a virtual machine. I have done this, it works flawlessly!

It must be 'The year of the Linux Desktop!' ;)

People have said that for the last 10 years. Your comment regarding iPhone and Itunes is one of the reasons why!
#37
vibeone;3350037
Windows is still Faster. Easier. Better.


Pfft! :w00t::?
#38
The great thing about Linux is that there are a million different versions out there. You ask for a disk, it arrives, you play, and if you don't like it you try the next disc without installing. I personally use Kubuntu. Love it to death, try and convert everyone I meet (even have the Mother-outlaw using it now).

Plus points:
It's free,
There are usually great local meetings where you can learn stuff,
The people I've met that are Linux Geeks are slightly less scary than the name suggests,
99% of the software is free,
Virtually virii free (those email ones can still be passed on to other windows users though as far as I am aware)
You get to stick two fingers up to those OS manufacturers that charge WAY OTT for their product.
Amarok the music player is magical! I adore it!
NO IE!

Downsides:
Not all your games will work (some will run under WINE so check if they do)
No Ipod stuff (Itunes will run under PlaysOnLinux but no USB support so you can see it all but not put it on), so buy an older ipod and put on rockbox!

All in all it's just as fun and less hassle in the long run than windows. It's not for everyone but give a few distros a crack before you give up.
#39
It's great if you can get it working, unfortunately ubuntu has major issues with my model of wireless card, plus I could not get it working correctly with my graphics card. I hear the wireless issue may be fixed in this edition, will probably install it later. I would not say its less hassle for the average user to install ubuntu, casual pc users will definetally find windows easier to use, but its a great alternative.
#40
thanks

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