Ubuntu 11.04 with my wallpaper ^^
So, while I haven’t convinced my dad to leave Windows yet, I’ve managed to install Ubuntu 11.04 on his laptop which leaves me really happy x)
The wallpaper was made by me and it’s my submission for Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper contest.
If you’re not a Linux user and you’re wondering what is Ubuntu – it’s just the most popular Linux distribution out there nowadays. And it’s easy to know why – it’s got everything you need configured and ready to function. I don’t even remember the last time I had to use the terminal in Ubuntu.
For those who are trying to get rid of Windows, I’d recommend Ubuntu, definitely. Or even Kubuntu which is Ubuntu but with a different look – really pretty and a bit more Windows-like due to all the widgets and the bar at the bottom. The only catch is that either you have at least 2GB RAM or you’re gonna feel how heavy that thing is on your computer and you won’t want to try Linux ever again (which is something I want to avoid you doing).
More about Ubuntu then – there’s a new release every six months and it’s like so: 11.04, for example, it’s the release for 2011 and it’s April’s release… 11.10 would be a release later in that same year, but in October – it’s actually easy to understand. Each release brings new updates and can even bring a different, prettier look (or different managing of stuff like it happened from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, with the introduction of Unity). You don’t have to format your computer or anything – on the update manager, when there’s a new release, it’s going to ask you to install it – it feels just like another update, but of course, with a bunch of more new stuff.
Then, from two to two years, there are the LTS releases – it’s basically a release like any other except it’s a lot more stable and the support lasts for more years.
You have an Ubuntu Software Center where you can go download the programs you need for free, or even pay for some (mostly it’s just games you’d also buy in Windows, like World of Goo for example) if you want to – it’s a bit like Apple’s App Store really.
There’s also a thing called Ubuntu One which gives 5GB of free space to keep stuff online, much like Dropbox.
I don’t remember anything else at the moment, so cya ;)