München, 02.March 2012
I have been using GNU/Linux (with Ubuntu distribution / distro) since 2006, and I want to share testimonials about using this GNU/Linux :
First time I installed GNU/Linux machine on my company-laptop with dual OS (Operating System), which were Windows XP and Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). Why I chose dual-OS ? Simply because I did not want to remove the original-windows OS on my company-laptop. And why did I choose Ubuntu distro ? Simply because I was getting used to deal with GNU/Linux OS since in my undergraduate study, and it is free of charge!
During my 4 years working in private company, I have changed twice the company-laptop, first it was IBM Think-pad R51e, and last was DELL Latitude 630. My first impression about Ubuntu distro was light, free to get and distribute, easy to install, no viruses at all, user-friendly, accommodate almost all my office needs, online-support, huge community in the internet, and periodically updated by new release version (every 6 months).
The critical point when you first deal with ubuntu is partitioning your Hard-disk. I learned this knowledge from this handbook, click here. Also click here for E-book getting start with Ubuntu 10.04. But, once you know the basic principle, everything will be just fine🙂 Click here also for basic command of Linux.
If you buy a laptop with Windows OS system already install, then I suggest you back-up all of your DATA! Just in case in worse case scenario, you do something
stupid unwanted things, e.g. formatting your Windows OS or DATA.
After back-up all of your data, then I suggest to allocate 30 GB (for your convenience) for your GNU/Linux OS, which consists of :
/ = root : 10 GB
/home : 18 GB
/swap : 1-2GB (depends on your RAM and HDD size). Keep in mind : if you want to perform hibernate operation, you should locate the amount of swap which is 2x of your RAM (e.g. if you have 4GB of RAM, then it should be 8GB). Click here for detail information.
Here I give you a graphical preview of how to allocate disc-space on installing dual-OS (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10):
My Hard-disk before the partition process
My Hard-disk in the middle of partition process
My Hard disk after the partition process
How to install Ubuntu OS ?
1. Go to Ubuntu website. Click here.
2. Download the latest stable system. Choose Get Ubuntu now button.
3. You can save your download in your Hard-disc. Or alternatively, you save the ubuntu.iso file into boot-able CD or USB flash-disc. Just follow the procedure of burning your CD or create a boot-able USB stick here. Or simply click button : Show me how
4. If you already have Windows OS installed, go to your laptop/PC bios, and set your first booting priority from CD-ROM or USB stick (depends which device you are going to use for Ubuntu installation)
5. Put your bootable CD-ROM or USB stick, and restart/reboot your machine.
6. Follow the instruction of partitioning. Be careful! Do not touch anything related to your existing OS (e.g. WINDOWS) and your DATA as well!
7. After finishing installation, reboot your machine, and login into Ubuntu.
8. In my case, I have prepared lists of my needed software, which I can install directly from the terminal or via Ubuntu Software Centre (which you just need to click in). Here is my recommended lists :
A. Internet :
– Chromium (Google Chrome) 14 (latest stable version) : I like it! It is fast, and synchronized with your google account🙂 I recommend Google-chrome than Firefox!
– Firefox 7 (latest stable version)
– Dropbox (portable Hard-disk on the Internet). Click here for tutorial installation.
– Thunderbird mail (light, user friendly, and easy to access, recommended to use!)
– Social network : Skype. Click here for tutorial installation.
– Social network : Gwibber (facebook, tweeter,Identi.ca)
– Social network : Pidgin (for yahoomessenger, aol, and many mores)
– qBittorrent : Download and share files via Bittorrent.
– Filezilla : Download and upload files via FTP, FTPS, SFTP
B. Office :
– By default you will get package of Libreoffice which you can use to open your office (Microsoft Words, Microsoft Excel / Spreadsheet, Powerpoint). One more extra : you will get Libreoffice Math for Mathematical purposes.
C. Sound & Videos :
– Adobe Flash Plugin 10
– Audacious : compatible for various MP3, MP4 files
– Sopcast player : to watch live streaming. Click here for tutorial installation
– VLC Media Player : compatible for various videos file from youtube, etc
– Youtube downloader : to download youtube video. Click here for tutorial installation.
D. Graphics :
– XPDF : light and compatible of various PDF documents
– Foxit Reader : light and compatible of various PDF documents. PDF text can be highlighted. It is recommended to be installed in your machine.
– Adobe Reader 9 : heavy, PDF text can not be highlighted, not recommended to be installed. Click here for installation.
E. System Tools :
– GParted Partition Editor : Highly recommended to install. It works better than any partition-magic software.
– Konsole, Kwalet Manager, Lucky backup (superuser), Oracle VM, Virtual Box
F. Programming :
– GNU Plot, GNU Emacs 23 —> Fortran editor
And still many stuffs just as you want🙂
So…what are you waiting for ?!! Paying more than 100 € for Windows OS and more Euros for software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office, Anti-virus, etc) seems obviously wasting money for me. You can be as free as yourself, when you are using GNU/Linux.
Thank you for your attention,