I am posting this for my friend Paul, as he really wants to install Ubuntu, but is having a few problems. For those that want to get rid of Windows once and for all, just follow the tutorial below.
This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
Ubuntu 11.04 will by default start the new Unity desktop which requires that your hardware supports 3D acceleration. If your hardware does not or you don’t like Unity, you can still use the Ubuntu Classic GNOME desktop. I will use the Ubuntu Classic GNOME desktop in this tutorial.
I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!
Does anyone else find it really funny to see a title that states “The Perfect Desktop”…Didn’t they say that about Windows 95? lol.
- Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is out in the wild! Check it out! (pakos.me)
- Natty Narwhal: the First Linux for Newbies? (pcworld.com)
- Upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” (flossstuff.wordpress.com)