What do I need to know before moving from Windows to Ubuntu?

Niks May 1, 2011

I have been a windows user only. Now I plan to move to ubuntu 11.04. What I need to know about ubuntu for that?

I use my pc for net surfing, watching hd movies, basic office work etc. NO gaming. No wireless stuff.

  1. Sonny Bass
    May 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I have tried many duel boot configurations, wubi, ran live distros from USB, CD, and DVD.
    The set up that works best for me is VirtualBox on Windows 7, with VirtualBox I am able to use my favorite Linux flavor (Mint-10) at the same time as Windows. I also try a lot of other flavors on virtual machines.
    The point is while I prefer Linux for some things, I don't have any that I feel are a replacement for Windows 7

    May 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hello, the first things you should do before moving to UBUNTU or Linux for that matter is to try it first. You can do that easily by downloading the latest stable release and burn it to a cd/dvd. Then start your computer from the cd and you can start using Linux. When you start from the cd, you can pretty much get and idea of what Linux/Ubuntu is all about and decide for yourself if it is for you or not. It is very important to make an informed decision instead of relying on other people's comments. This is the link for downloading Ubuntu:

    Another option you have is to install ubuntu inside windows by using the wubi installer. When you do it this way, you can access ubuntu within windows like any other program. This is the link for the wubi installer:

    If you like what you see and want to use on a more permanent basis, you can create another partition on your drive and install Ubuntu on a dual booting configuration. That means when you start your computer, you have the chance to decide if you want to use windows or ubuntu. Just highlight what you want to use and press enter and that is it. If you are sure that linux/ubuntu are for you then you can go ahead and install ubuntu by itself. One thing you have to consider is that if you are planning to use the Office suit from Microsoft you will have to install wine and run if from there.

    For watching movies and surfing you should not have much problem there. Firefox runs pretty good on ubuntu and there are many multimedia applications that run on linux. Some of these applications are:
    xbmc http://xbmc.org/download/
    vlc http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html
    boxee http://www.boxee.tv/download

    One thing is for certain though....you will have to learn your way around the terminal. Did you ever run DOS? well terminal is similar to that just that way more powerful. If you want to get more familiar with the terminal, you might as well visit the following link:

  3. Anonymous
    May 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

    With Ubuntu all manufacturers dont support the driver so before going to Ubuntu check about your hardware compatibility.

    you can try Wubi: Lets you to use Ubuntu alongside windows, so you can have a clear mind whats wait you.

    1 - with Ubuntu. Sudo lets you be admin when you need it, and when you don't you are a normal user and safe.

    2 - Linux, as a whole, has a massive community behind it. Search often

    3 - Learn the terminal commands now, before it is too late. The Live CD helps in this event, but the command line is your friend in Linux.

    4 - Applications in Ubuntu are in packages. Most of them are install-ready but sometimes you might have to compile them

    1) There are several ways to install Software in Ubuntu.
    a) Applications>Add/Remove
    b) System>Synaptic package manager
    c) apt-get (terminal)
    d) aptitude (terminal)
    e) installation file .deb (this works like in windows)
    f) installation from source (involves make-files and compiling etc.)
    g) Automatix

  4. James Bruce
    May 2, 2011 at 7:29 am

    May I ask why? I have tried the same many times in the past, every time thinking that the the latest ubuntu release must have fixed all those broken bits and made everything more user-friendly now, and every single time, I've come running back to Windows, disappointed by the sheer lack of quality software and effort that it takes to do *anything*.

    I hope you enjoy the command line, and scouring the net for tutorials on how to do the most basic of things, like "mounting" a thumb drive (omg that was frustrating, I dont think you have to do that in the latest ubuntu though, they *must* have fixed that by now). You should learn to put up with absolutely sub-standard community software too...

    Perhaps I'm being too hard, I should try it again myself. Maybe it's better now. Someone, enlighten me?

    • jhpot
      May 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Depending on your hardware, Ubuntu is a dream to use today. I find it easier to use than my Mac in many ways. I haven't had trouble mounting a thumb drive in about 6 years, and find some of the best free software in the repositories. Soon as Adobe releases the creative suite for Linux I'll have no need for any other system.

      Having said that, people will always stumble upon their share of frustrations. I've just always stumbled on more with Windows.