Today I'm going to write about my master plan to install Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista on my system to have them at my disposal next to my current Windows XP installation. I personally try to make the switch to Linux because I'm fed up with all the restrictions that Microsoft added (on pressure I assume) to Windows Vista. Nevertheless more than 99% of all my readers use Windows XP and I will continue writing articles for XP and Vista.
I don't advise the switch to Vista but many will do it anyway, that's why I will be installing Vista so that I can cover Vista here as well.
I know that some readers would love to switch to Linux as well, probably for the same reasons I'm making the switch. I hope that many find the courage for this step and my articles about switching to Linux hopefully show them that switching is indeed easy.
I decided to install Ubuntu on a new external hard drive that I will purchase. This has some advantages: First, I do not need to partition the hard drives that are already installed on my computer which means I don't have to fear that I will be losing data in the process. A minor disadvantage is that there will be no default bootloader that gives me the choice of the operating system, I probably have to switch information in bios to start the operating system I want.
Having said that I compiled a list of applications that I need to find and install on Ubuntu that I require for work. Please note that this list is not complete, I tried to add only essential applications. If you know such a tool exists in Linux let me know, would be glad if some of you could help me get it going.
I will also have to do some research to find out if I can run programs such as Skype, Teamspeak or Rivatuner on the system. If not, I'd have to find compatible programs that I can run instead.
I'm pretty sure that I will find equivalent tools and I have decided to install Ubuntu without searching for them. I will do that once Ubuntu is up and running.
If you have something that you would like to add let me know. Are you also considering switching to Linux and need a certain tool? Maybe we can figure it out together.
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