Last night I was so mentally fried, I didn't get too deep into understanding the workings of this OS. I was just so pleased that I did this, and I understood a lot of it right from the start. Now, I am there, I did it, and I will now share some of my initial experiences with the forum.
First off, I am a one OS gal. I don't do the two or more OS, or monitors or anything else like that. I have enough trouble keeping myself out of trouble with just one OS.
To get my dwnld, I went directly to the Linux site. If you do not have a high speed connection or a steady connection, you might want to go ahead and just buy the CD. Even for me the dwnld was long. I also bought the CD from the Linux store. The version of Linux, called a distribution, or in lay folks terms, the flavor I chose, was the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS version. When I first made the decision to try something new, I went with the most recent distribution, 11.04 and that was a mistake for me. I didn't know things well enough to jump into that. So I backed up, and got the next to the newest. Much better. Okay, so I made the change. I am understanding this OS, this versions jargon is not so different in wording that MS users cannot understand it.
There are some difference right off the bat that might frustrate people and I am one of those folks. I need to change the settings on the sleep (ms jargon) mode, on this system, it is called suspend or hibernate mode. As a writer that will drive me crazy with the settings it came with. I need to find out how to change those settings to a longer time frame.
As a writer, my priority centered on the word processor that came with the system. It worked fine. One problem I did find in that area, is how to save my work in .rtf format as that is what my editor and publisher work with. Need to spend more time to understand and learn in that area.
My system is quiet again. It's not labouring to do things, and yes, it is working faster. Of course I've not put it to task yet.
Web browser that came with this distribution, is FireFox. I'm familiar with that browser so not much in the way of worry there. I feel it is more stable in this distribution. Getting around the web, no problems.
As I was a bit on the side of brain fried last night, well, more than a bit, I did just a basic run through of this OS and then went to bed and it went to sleep with me. Got up this morning, did my morning routine, and when I touched a key, it woke up, ready to go. No problems. That is when my day started. Then I realized it was Friday and I have writer chats on AOL tonight and need to download the AOL program. Now I will find out how easy or hard it will be to get and use other programs to do what I do in my writers life.
I'll keep in touch.