Many novice users fear the technical process that has do be done before or during the installation of a Linux distribution. Partitioning is something that most are not familiar with and the fear to do something wrong and wreck their standard operating system is probably one of the main reasons why many users do not install a Linux distribution.
Time has passed since my last article about Ubuntu and I have decided to concentrate more on Linux and Ubuntu because it is a real alternative for Windows Vista. The Ultimate Ubuntu Tweaking Guide is a new user friendly guide that explains how to tweak Ubuntu for a better performance. It is a guide for new users because it explains every step instead of explaining just some and assuming that the user has the experience to get to the point where the explanation starts.
Soundjuicer is a nice CD ripper for Gnome 2 and probably the tool of choice when it comes to Cd ripping in Ubuntu. Depending on your installation it could be that ripping CDs directly to mp3 is not supported by default and has to be added to make this possible. This could be useful if you own a mp3 player that does not support the ogg or flac format.
About a month ago my mother called and asked if I could help her with a problem on her computer that I build and installed for her. The computer reacted slowly to her input and was opening unknown websites for no reason. It was immediately clear that some sort of spyware or even worse virus or trojan was responsible for this behavior. She was really desperate and I began to scan the system immediately.
I tried to install Kubuntu yesterday but the partitioner failed and I decided to try out Ubuntu today because I knew they were using different partitioners. I downloaded the Ubuntu iso image and burned it to a CD. I then changed the boot sequence in the bios to be able to boot Ubuntu from CD. The distribution that I downloaded is a live CD and installation CD at once which means it will boot the complete operating system from CD first and give you the choice to install it or simply use the live CD version.
Today i'm trying out SuperKaramba.
SuperKaramba is also a widget tool for Linux, but it seems to have a larger user base behind it then gDesklets.
gDesklets is Gnome based, but SuperKaramba is KDE based.
You can still use SuperKaramba on a Gnome interface, but not everything will work.
For Windows there are different tools to have widgets on your desktop. There are for example Yahoo! Widgets, or Samurize
For Linux there is also a tool available to do this, and it's called gDesklets.
You might know that Ubuntu is a popular linux distribution. You might have tried installing it already or considered installing it. The Ubuntu Guide helps you with the installation process as well with running the linux distribution once it is installed. It guides you for instance through the installation process of various third party software products like Adobe Reader, Skype or a DVD player.
I´ve been watching the E3 conferences from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft today and had little time to update my site therefor. Just a quick link to a very nice website that helps you find the right linux distribution for your needs. The Linux Distribution Chooser asks some questions about your personal knowledge and your computer for instance and selects the best suited linux distributions that fit your profile.
Everyone has to start somewhere if he wants to try something new. I´ve been talking to many of my friends and I got the impression that many would make the switch to Linux if there would be some sort of standard, some fire and forget Linux that you install just like windows xp for instance. With Vista on the doorstep and TCPA (Paladium, whatever it is called now) changing to Linux becomes more and more attractive even for those users that don´t want to learn everything from the start.
If you happen to run a webserver that uses linux or happen to run linux as your operating system for the computer you work with you should know the basics of the shell. Sometimes you quickly have to find your way into the shell and a site like linuxcommand helps you alot doing so.
If you have linux and windows installed on your pc you might have experienced that it is no problem to read windows files and access windows hard drives (partitions) in linux but that it is indeed a problem to access linux files, hard drives and partitions in windows. The freeware application Explore2fs that lets you do this. It´s handy if you don´t like switching between those operating systems. Features inlcude:
Maybe you are like me, thinking why there are so many linux distributions out there and what the differences between them are. It´s hard to make a selection, there are hundreds of distributions out there and all seem to serve a purpose. This could have been the intention of the guys who wrote the overview of the ten major linux distributions.
When I tried to switch for the first time from windows to linux I felt left alone. The web was not what it now uses to be, tutorials and help documents were scarce and one had to have a friend who could help or try the trial and error way to get linux installed and configured. Linux is becoming more user friendly and lots of tutorials and help sites pop up that help beginners and guide them through the basic installation and configuration process.
I´am like most of you using windows xp as my primary operating system. I always pondered if I should make a complete change to linux, make a dual boot system or stay with windows. Every decision would have advantages but also disadvantages.
If you want to make the switch from windows to linux you should know some common differences between the two operating systems. A techrepublic article describes ten differences that every new linux user should know before making the switch.
It seems that articles that cover running linux in windows are becoming more and more popular. I wrote one a few days ago (with vmwareplayer) and would like to introduce another method of achieving this.
Like the last time linux will be embedded inside windows which has some advantages but also some disadvantages. Many people don´t like the idea of installing a second operating system, messing with their partitions and bootconfig and probably having to setup their first os again because of errors they made. A linux run in windows does not have this difficulties, its simply load and run like all other windows programs.
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