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OS´s.... Live CD´s?

Discussion in 'Technology and Internet' started by th1bill, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Today is the thirtieth of June and I have broken my own rule and upgraded my computers Operating System from the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Long Term Support) to the 18 month supported version, 11.04, a.k.a. The Natty Narwhal. When 10.04, Lucid, hit the scene, just over a year ago, it was clear that the Canonical people were out to attract more business' to use their OS by the start-up and shut-down times, they are very fast. Now, the South-African owner, Mr. Shuttleworth, is taking aim at a couple of hundred million new desk-top users in the very near future and I believe that he is on target.

    I love the Gnome Desk-Top and was a bit miffed at the idea of making the desk-top more ¨Windows¨ User friendly, after all, it isn´t at all difficult to install the Windows-like KDE Desk-Top. But here I am with two Revitalized Computers, dedicated to youth that cannot afford one for their schooling and my wayward son walks back into my life... computer-less! I can´t have that so I take my backup/testbed/emergency unit and I download the new version, reformat the hdd and install. I am so impressed with the system, two months out of release that I upgraded my work unit last night.

    I want to say, right up front, that Mark Shuttleworth and his team at Canonical deserve medals of recognition, the Unity interface/Desk-top is just what Windows and Micro Soft never needed to happen to the open-source/free software world! It is completely Icon driven so that the GUI/Graphic User Interface is the best I have ever used. There is only one Task Bar, at the top, that although it never disappears, it does not take up screen territory when an application is in use. The App. Header and the task bar combine, giving the user more screen to operate with, very nice!

    The icons are in a single column at the left of the screen but disappear when an app. is opened but, not to worry. Move the cursor to the left of the screen and rest for less than a second and the Icons crawl back into view. Now, if you´re like me you have several hundred applications installed and even a collapsing and expanding single column will never be enough. However, not to worry! At the top left you will find the Ubuntu Logo Icon and when you click on it the screen is overlain with a semi-transparent sheet of icons for the different divisions of programs. Click, say, Internet and all those apps. will appears in icon form for you to select the desired program to run.

    If you have never taken an adventurous move before in your life, you need to take this one. Go the the Ubuntu Home page and click get the software and download the 11.04 iso. Then bring up your CD Burner program and burn the iso with the Burn Image choice. If you have a burner that will not burn an image, there are very few, search Google for ¨Image Burner free software¨ and download one. After burning the CD put the disk into the CD Drive and shut the computer down and restart it. If it is one of the newer units it will boot from the CD and if it is an older unit and does not, reboot and from the beginning hit the delete key until it begins to boot the OS or goes into set-up. If it does not go into set-up then reboot pressing, repeatedly the F-2 Key or the F-11 Key until you are in Set-Up. Read the directions on the screen and find the Boot Menu and make the first boot device your CD, then the Floppy, if you still use one and finally the Hdd. Now, hit F-10, Yes and boot into the CD. These directions will work with about 95% of all computers, for the others you need me or some other Geek to vist you and set it up.

    Now, play with the Operating System and see if you like it. Nothing is being written to your Hard-Drive and you get to test without changing your system at all. If you are Okay with the Ubuntu, Install it, you can do this. As it installs you will be asked, first choice, to install side by side or use the whole disk. Chose Side by Side and answer the other questions for a dual boot, leaving your Windows in place and useful for future boot up if you fail to adapt to the free software.

    God bless and happy computing!
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  2. Hey Bill,

    I just had a laptop take a dump on me and I might just go for the new OS on it when I bring it back up. I can't afford to be without a working laptop so purchased a refurb unit to replace it. My last laptop I loaded up with Ubuntu had to get reloaded with Windows and go to my son. He needs Windoz because his work requires it. So maybe new convert (totally) here. Don't know. I'm pretty hardwired into some of my windows apps.

  3. Actually, because IT for one very small company, many members of my Church Family and several friends I ¨must¨ also run Windoze. My solution for a fool-proof OS there is VirtualBox. I do not use the vBox in the Ubuntu Software Center and I do not install it with Synaptic nor the ¨apt-get¨ methods. I go to the VirtualBox website and dowmload the .deb file for my 64bit system and then use Debbie to install it. If youǘe never done that, just click on the .deb file in Downloads, if you used Firefox, or click on the name of the file at the lower left if you used Chrome to download it. It will thn open in Debby and click the install button after it finishes checking for dependencies. When finished open the program and click the New Icon and following directions create a new virtual drive with the Windoze CD in the CD drive.

    Then highlight the drive on the left and on the right scroll down to ¨Network¨ and click it and disconnect the LAN connection. Now click the ¨Start Icon,¨ the green arrow, and install Windows. You now have the Windoze OS isolated from the internet. If you bypass the isolation move, just be sure you keep yourAV up to date and wallah! If you do manage to contract a virus, Trojan, Worm or Root Kit, delete the Virtual Harddrive and start over with zero damage to your Ubuntu OS.

    I use this system loaded with my XP system for a couple of Label Creation programs tyhat I have never tried to figure out how to make them run in Wine. After you have the system running move the cursor to the ¨Devices¨ at the top left of the window, click it and click ¨Install guest additions... After it has downloaded navigate to My Computer, click on D Drive and install the program, the cursor no longer need the ¨Right Ctrl¨ key depressed to move it out of the Windows frame.

    Now expand the window using the Maximize Icon on the window frame. This automatically gives you the best fit to your screen. When you have completed all of this, if you need help with the Shared Folder, contact me, I work for free, I lose my benefits if I make $700 in 18 months.

    God bless!
  4. Thank you much. I've bookmarked this thread to easily return to it. I probably won't get to this until later in the summertime.

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