Who are ubuntu?

So I did it.  I installed Linux on a PC.  Granted it wasn’t my PC but I did it!  I installed it on a PC I was setting up for a friend.  It was an older box and didn’t have a Windows XP licence with it.  All he wants it to do is run a few displays and I figured Ubuntu should be able to do that.

For those of you who don’t have a clue what I am talking Linux is an operating system (Like Windows or Mac OX) and Ubuntu is the flavor.  It is touted as the most user friendly version of Linux.

The install went really well.  You have to go to the Ubuntu website and download a CD image (called an ISO).  You then take that disk image and burn it to a CD.  I used a free, open source program called InfraRecorder.  The only thing I had to do was set the program to allow overburn.  Once I had the CD I dropped it into the CD drive on the machine.

I won’t go through all the details but the install went very smoothly and the operating system runs well on the old hardware.  Ubuntu automatically updated the first time I logged into it and much to my delight the entire update process took about 30 minutes whereas it took me 2 evening to finishing updating a new Windows XP machine.

So far Ubuntu has been very easy to use.  Anyone who has played around a little bit with computers should be able to find what they need.  The nice thing about this OS is it comes with everything you need.  It has a word processor, web browser, power point (like) program, spreadsheet, photo viewing and photo editing software, audio software and more.  All of these come with the OS and they are all free!

So far I have been very impressed and I am excited to keep playing with it.

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