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I switched to Ubuntu -- completely

I finally decided to quit using Windows 8 and switch to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It seems great, and feels faster. I'm spending the day installing stuff I'm going to need. Things like VLC, Gimp, Codeblocks, PHP, Apache, MySQL, Java, Python and so on. I think I'm getting the hang of this sudo apt-get thing, and running shell scripts. I'm also loving the software center and the dash. All in all, a pretty great start. Any long-time Ubuntu users here have some sage advice for a newbie?

9 blog comments below

Do you no how to upgrade 13 to 14? I don't want to re install and configure everything back.
badai on Tue May 27, 2014 4:42 am
I actually just installed it from scratch, that too on the same drive I had Windows. Very Happy

However, I found a nice article that might be of help.
codegeek on Tue May 27, 2014 7:47 pm
Nice to know there are still people like you switching to *Unix environment.

I been using CentOS, Ubuntu and Fedora now for almost 7 years including server versions.

Here's what I suggest:

-Install this : because later on you will realized you keep typing everything over and over again especially when locating inner files on folders.

-Learn how to use Bash

-Do not configure things you do not know and please do not use as Super user (Root)

-Always backup you files

-Read first before update

-shut down your pc via terminal :

-Encrypt your HDD or your home folder

-I'll bet you will love this blog:

-continue learning

-Lastly, help others and support open source technology

I do not have all my bookmarks now that I gathered in my entire years of development and using linux but hopefully I can share it as well. On my first two years using linux, everything always mess up because I learned it on my own as no one teaches me.

zacky on Thu May 29, 2014 10:41 am
Is ubuntu better than Windows 8.1 ? Question
cheater01 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:05 pm
define better?
I'm not a Ubuntu fan but it does the job just as good as any other distro.
in the end it all comes down to which flavor you like best.
in contrary of what most people say, IMO Windows 8.1 is not a bad OS at all.
Marcuzzo on Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:12 pm
Thank you zacky for your interesting suggestions. I do read the OMG Ubuntu blog regularly. I will try Fish Shell as well. I find I am learning something about Linux every day. It's a great feeling to be using, and in turn supporting, Open Source technology.
codegeek on Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:05 pm
I've just worked through my first tutorial of Linux, which is an overview of what it is and what it does. Linux is great for server applications, but for desktop applications Windows 7 or 8 are still much better to use. So a combo of both may be ideal. Whether Linux is better depends on what it is being used for. Here's the tutorial I checked out:

deanhills on Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:54 pm
I agree with deanhills.

I'm using both.
Linux for Android Development..
Windows for Music,Gaming,etc....
cybersa on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:49 pm
Yes, I realized I couldn't do my Photoshopping on Ubuntu, nor could I use Chessbase and Fritz. So, I now have Windows and Ubuntu on dual boot. I normally use Ubuntu, but whenever I need those programs, I shift to Windows. It's truly the best of both worlds.
codegeek on Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:06 pm

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