You know that thing that happens on your computer, when you are using Windows? You ask it to do something, It replies you with, “are you sure ?” , and then thinks about it, and then it keeps thinking, and then you go off and make a cup of tea, and it’s still thinking, and you want to headbutt the wall, again and again, until gets all smeared and red and bloody and bits of your brain are raining down on to your shoes? Yes? Well, there’s a way to stop that happening. Stop using Windows. Use Ubuntu instead.
Ubuntu is an operating system. If you are the one who don’t know what that is, better stop reading and continue looking at the hourglass. The latest version of Ubuntu was just released. You can head over to ubuntu.com and get your copy now. burn it into a CD and install it. If you are lucky enough (actually if can read english and follow the install instructions carefully), you will end up with whats called a boot menu, where you can ‘dualboot’ your windows and your shiny new ubuntu.This new version of ubuntu comes with some nice new features. You can read all about it on the ubuntu homepage.
My ubuntu setup is much faster than my vista, which seems to do nothing but install updates and show me blinking screens asking for stupid confirmations. Yes I have heard of windows 7, and I have not tried it out yet. Is it available for free? Does it promise me a virus free experience? Does it promise it wont go slow after 6 months of use ?
“Ok I will try out ubuntu” you say, “but does it run word ? ” . Umm well no. It does not run word or any windows program for that matter (remember you are using ubuntu to get rid of windows) . It does have alternatives and pretty decent ones they are. Heard of OpenOffice ? Firefox ?
Oh and to the gamers out there, Ubuntu does not run <insert your favorite game here> . There i said it! These games are built for windows only. Unless you plan to get a shuttle J1 or G2, get a console. PS3 preferably.
Hmm. I’m going on a bit, aren’t I? Look, I’m not an anti-Microsoft freak, I swear. I run XP quite happily on all my dad’s machine, because it works just fine and I don’t want to hear my dad complaning that his favorite media player wont work with ubuntu. But on the big Dell tank that sits on my lap, it’s Ubuntu all the way. Now the new version is out, you should try it, too. Download it, put it on a disk, stick it in the drive and see what happens. You can run it from there, if you want, or you can tell it to install alongside whichever OS you’ve got on there already. Personally, I dual boot with Vista, although I’ve barely used Vista three times in six months. The sole reason I do this is because Ubuntu won’t run some ‘xyz only for windows app’ .