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Windows 7: Is it worth using Ubuntu?

04 May 2010   #1
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is it worth using Ubuntu?

How well does Ubuntu work with Windows 7 machines? Sharing? Stability?

Program compabibility? I am really thinking about changing my server over to this OS if its worth doing it all.


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04 May 2010   #2
Hobbit

windows 7 32 and 64 home premium/ultimate
 
 

Are you use to Linux OS? Very techie - big learning curve- need lots of time - but great fun!!
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04 May 2010   #3
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Never used Linux but I know what it is and it consist of. I know that it is a h**l of a lot more stable than windows.

I have no trouble learning knew things. Just curious in your opinion. I just need a stable server.
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04 May 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ubuntu will work very well on PCs. But as Hobbit says, you have to have the patience to learn it. It is quite different from Windows. I am sometimes playing around with it in a virtual partition and also with Fedora off a stick. But I never really got the hang of it.
I learned most from a book called "Ubuntu Kung Fu" by Thomas
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04 May 2010   #5
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think i might do it.
I got the 64 bit server edition.


I got windows down pack and it only took 15 years... they say it would never get done. 15 years later... i suceeded! did

Must be nice to live in Black Forest Germany. I use to live in Grafenwoehr Bavaria and I use to go down to Radolfzell am Bodensee becuase I hated the country in germany, there was nothing there.

but the technology in germany was great. Just dissapointed to see that no one took the OS to the next level. While I was there. I didn't see alot of people pushing the OS to its full process! I had a hard time finding an up to date scanner or webcam over there... Or if i had to use wireless they charged out of the arse just to use it.
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04 May 2010   #6
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

I love Ubuntu, but I want to advise you against 64-bit versions. They're not as compatible or stable as the 32-bit versions. Ubuntu as a whole, though, manages resources much better than Windows does. It doesn't have much of a learning curve actually, unless you want to get your hands dirty. The Official Ubuntu forums are really a great place to look things up and ask for help. What you need to know when installing Ubuntu is that the 2 most popular interfaces are Gnome and KDE. Gnome is the standard Ubuntu interface with a bar on top for Applications, Places, and System. KDE presents more of a Windows-like interface with a psuedo-Start Menu. No matter what flavor you choose, all software will run on both.

If it's your first time using it, I recommend you install using Wubi, which will install Ubuntu to a directory inside Windows, but will act like a normal installation, allowing you to choose between it and Windows at bootup. If you don't like it, you can uninstall it through Add/Remove programs in Windows. All you do is choose a username and password, what interface you want, and the amount of space you want to allocate. It does the rest while you do something else.

To force it to install the 32-bit version, create a shortcut to the Wubi installer, right click on it, click Properties. In the target box, add "--32bit" to the end (inside the quotes).
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04 May 2010   #7
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright I am at the partitioning section of the setup.

So I should use the guided partion setup?
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04 May 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Linux "can" be very stable. However, typically with desktop distros and people trying to get eye candy and the like going...stability sometimes suffers. As a long time Ubuntu user, I don't think that I would describe Ubuntu as "a lot more stable than Windows 7".

Linux is a great OS to learn and understand. The primary value that I get is an open mind as to what else is out there and available. I'm not stuck with whatever my primary OS says I have to do.

Playing with Linux in a virtual machine (like VirtualBox or VMWare Player 3), is a great way to learn lots and gives you the ability to play and poke with changing out hard drives and easily learning some of the new concepts.
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05 May 2010   #9
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I messed up and scrwed up the partitions when i installed the server editions and destroyed my windows partiton. Oh well.... all well that ends welll... learn from mistakes right.

That server edtion is something else. All text...very very interesting... I moved over to the desktop version.

I'll have to use a laptop of mines to install the server edtion on and learn all the commands before i implace the server edtion to full use.

I am starting to like it alot. Very usefull and its starting to get easy using the OS... the only problem i am having is pushing a static IP in the OS. It won't let me. Not sure why... would anyone shine some light on the problem?
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05 May 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post
That server edtion is something else. All text...very very interesting... I moved over to the desktop version.
Yeah, quite often Linux servers are simply text based machines. I use CentOS for our Linux servers at work and I NEVER install a GUI on any of them. There is no reason to take up the extra disk space, extra overhead and have more to patch on the box. For those who are very leery of going this route, look into webmin. You can install webmin and then manage the Linux box from a web browser.
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