– A step by step installation guide for a more usable Operating System.
It is not such a bad thing to try an Ubuntu Linux at this time. Powerful Web browsers, Word processors, and File synchronization services have made our computing environment more and more OS-Independent. I think the word “OS-Independent” means a states of computing that your productivity is no longer limited by the type of Operating Systems you use.
I’ve used Ubuntu Linux since its first iteration that runs on a single CD, without having it installed in your computer. But the experiences weren’t pleasant. Many things are needed to be done manually, by searching tips and guides. I had to figure out how to make my sound card work, Video card full speed, and sometimes, system won’t load the Desktop environment. But in the latest 9.10 “Code name: Karmic Koala”, it became more presentable by getting rid of lots of annoying hardware configuration issues.
Once you’ve successfully install the version of Ubuntu, here are the lists of things you need to do in order to make the Operating System more usable.
1. Update all the latest patches.
System → Administration → Update Manager
2. Internet Browser → Google Chrome
It has firefox pre-installed as the default web browser, but Chrome is much faster and reliable.
3. Word Processor → OpenOffice
It already has OpenOffice 3.1 Installed, but if you want to upgrade into the lasted 3.2, please follow next two steps.
1) Download the latest package at http://www.openoffice.org
2) Following this tip to complete installation http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-openoffice-3-2-in-ubuntu.html
4. Computer Search Program → Google Desktop
Download the latest package at http://desktop.google.com/en/linux/download.html
5. Widget Program → Google Widgets
If you miss Windows Sidebar that shows weather and analog clock, you can try this. Although it comes with Google Desktop in Windows, but in Linux, you have to install it separately. Open up your Terminal, and input following command for installation.
sudo apt-get install google-gadgets-gtk
6. Install Windows Font
It will give you a more Windows like experience when you work with Word Processors etc.
Product Mentioned: Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition