View Full Version : Ubuntu?

09-26-2009, 09:50 PM
Anybody using it?

I have an old PC that is past its usebuy date but it still runs. The OS is so far out of date that the firewall (Zonealarm) is no longer supported so I can't surf the net on it. For the sake of domestic harmony we have two computers* and this laptop (Vista) is fine for most of SWIMPAL's uses.

So, if you have used Ubuntu, did you like it?
What sort of resources does it really use?
Where did you get it?

*One has boat related wallpaper, one has Lolcats wallpaper.

Michael Beckman
09-26-2009, 09:57 PM
A firewall is not needed for browsing the internet. At any rate, if you have a router between your computers and your modem, it mostly likely includes a hardware firewall anyway.

Ubuntu is great for general use. Don't install it expecting windows software to work. Short answer to that is that it can be made to work in some cases, but it can be difficult.

Ubuntu can be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/

If your computer cant handle Ubuntu, Xubuntu is designed for older computers. http://www.xubuntu.org/

High C
09-26-2009, 11:46 PM
I'm typing this on an Ubuntu system, an old Celeron powered Dell laptop that barely ran XP, and now runs like a dream.

The switch to Linux can be tricky to accomplish unless you have a friend who knows it and will guide you, but it is certainly doable. As Michael said, you can't run most Windows software, and there are certain compatibility issues. But it is rock solid stable, fast, and essentially immune to the security issues that plague Windows.

09-27-2009, 12:14 AM
its a good OS. i liked it but since i am somthing of a geek and i like to be in total controll of my computer I use gentoo.

its easy and its free. gives every thing windoze does but faster and with less lag time.
I belive that if you buy a ubuntu disk you get Wine with it. wine is a windows emulator and will let you use most of your windows SW on your linux box.

High C
09-27-2009, 12:27 AM
....wine is a windows emulator and will let you use most of your windows SW on your linux box.

Wine will run SOME Windows software, and often imperfectly. Anyone who hopes to run specific Windows apps on Linux should do some homework on the Wine forums, or better yet with the Crossover Office people (a variant of Wine) http://www.codeweavers.com/ to see how well, or if, your software will run on Linux.

09-27-2009, 12:52 AM
I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 right now on this Dell c610 laptop and I love it. Ubuntu is very user friendly and dead easy to install. There are some things that can be a pain to get working, Nvidia cards for example.
Ideally you want at least 512 mb RAM. If you want to try it out before you install it just put the disk in your CD/DVD drive and boot to it and select the run from disk option at the top of the list.

09-27-2009, 01:35 AM
It doesn't seem to like printers very much as I remember .But I'm no geek and rely on the wisdom of others .

09-27-2009, 01:48 AM
printers can be fun but the new USB printers seem to be fine. Up until farily recently Linux was still the domain of the geek as you often had to fiddle with config files to get things working. Ubuntu has changed that to a fair degree with many processes automated. For example say you have a fresh install and you decided you want to watch a DVD. Well there is a good chance the right codecs won't be install and if not Ubuntu will ask you want to install them. If you do then Ubuntu will get them from the Net and install them for you.
Of course if you know someone who uses Linux then they can be a big help to but if you have a problem the Net will have the answer...as long as you phrase the question right:D

09-27-2009, 02:28 AM
I'm currently using Mint Linux (http://www.linuxmint.com/), a derivative of Ubuntu, give it a try, it's free after all.
If your machine is really old or seriously low on resources try Puppy Linux (http://www.puppylinux.org/).

John Meachen
09-27-2009, 03:58 PM
I've tried Ubuntu and it's not too hard to get used to.I believe its the operating system that Michael Dell uses on his own home computer,which is not a bad endorsement.Recently I have experimented with a live CD of Mint and that seems more similar to using a Windows desktop and thus a little easier to live with.With Mint 6.0 I could boot the computer and in less than four minutes,the operating system was ready to go and ready to receive photo files from my phone via bluetooth.If the current XP laptop ceases to function,its replacement will run something other than Vista.I also have an old 450 MHz Pentium 3 running Mandriva and which persuaded a router to work when Windows was being awkward.

09-27-2009, 04:36 PM
I've tried Ubuntu. A worthy compliment to Mac OS, and it's in every way superior to Windows. My only complaint is that the menu bar follows the windows around instead of staying at the top, but I believe that's an option with Kubuntu, which uses KDE instead of GNOME.

09-30-2009, 04:08 PM
Thanks for all the replies......I don't think I've heard of the 'lite' versions of Linux before. That will probably be the go as there is only 256mb RAM on that machine.
We'll see.
Just have to wait till I'm in the right mood........

09-30-2009, 04:44 PM
Been running linux on this old dell dimension for 3 years now. Don't see my self going back to micro$oft. Ubuntu for the last six months or so. The real thing
before that. Ubuntu is Probably the easer, but debian is more grown up. I'd recomend burning of some live cd's and trying them out.
Here's a couple of useful sites.
Also highly recommend learning a bit about the command line, but you don't have to in order to use linux.
This machine
p4 1.8
512 meg
will run on linux.