Before you can proceed with a brand new installation of Ubuntu, which is 13.10, you must perform 3 steps:
- download the ISO image of Ubuntu
- burn the ISO image into a CD / DVD or into a USB flash drive
- configure the BIOS of your PC to boot from the CD / DVD or from the USB flash drive, depending on what you chosen during the previous step.
Once you have configured the BIOS to boot from the media of your choice, you can restart the computer. After a while, the Ubuntu boot loader GRUB appear. Here are basically two ways to go: live or installation. The first one allow you to try the Linux OS without install it. This is the recommended option if you never tried Ubuntu beforeto. The second option is to directly install the OS on your PC.
Supposing you want to install Ubuntu, steps to successfully proceed with the installation are quite easy and well explained on the installation windows.
You should choose your country and your favourite language, set up an internet connection (it is recommended but not compulsory to go through) and, most important, you should set up an admin password.
During installation Ubuntu asks you to download additional software, such as third party software. It is not compulsory, but it can increase your user experience with the Linux operative system.
One of the hardest part is disk partitioning. That means how much space you would like to reserve for Ubuntu. Here you can wipe the original OS (usually Windows), install Ubuntu alongside Microsoft OS or partition the disk manually. If you are not an expert, avoid the third option and let Ubuntu do all the job.
When all the steps are done, installation will finish within minutes and you can start to enjoy your new OS.
The end is near. If you’ve been following the technology world, you should know that the official support for Windows XP (one of the best ever made OS by Microsoft) ends April 8th. It is amazing how an operating system older than 12 years yet maintain a high market share. Microsoft has already released newer versions after it, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows XP is still used by millions of computers, including critical systems. Microsoft knows that and so extended support for antimalware in Windows XP until 2015. This is not a reason to wait until 2015 to update your system, as Microsoft wants you to move to Windows 8. Latest Redmond’s OS is not the alternative out there, as one interesting option is to migrate to Linux. Why should you do that?
It’s free. Windows doesn’t. Windows 7 may cost a little over $ 100 to over $ 300, Windows 8 is cheaper, ranging from $ 69.99 to $ 119.99. The price of any Linux distro is zero. While there is nothing wrong with paying for good software (and the truth is that both Windows 7 and 8 are good) not everybody want to spend hundreds of bucks pay for a license.
It is very easy to use. There were in prehistoric times (technologically speaking) that Linux was a complicated operative system, hard to install and to update. Today latest versions of Linux, such as Ubuntu or Mandriva are very user-friendly.
It is safe. Windows is vulnerable to virus and malware in general, which can steal your private data, steal your credit card number and so on. Linux has always been safer, thanks also to the support of the community.